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Open Letter to The Rocky Point Board of Education

Rocky Point Board of Education, please don't pierce the tax cap!

Do NOT pierce the tax cap. Do NOT cut school programs. Really make it about the kids and renegotiate contracts. Here’s one contract you can renegotiate:

In May 2010, at the height of the recession, the Board signed off on a contract with the new superintendent (Super). In addition to the usual items covered in a contract the following were also included:

Starting salary of $210.000 (up from $153,000 in 2005 for the same position) with four to six percent annual increases.

Cash reimbursements to the Super:

    Car allowance: $700.00 per month

    Personal computing/wireless/remote broadband:  $195.00 per month

Benefits (for individual and family):

 -Health insurance: 100% paid for by taxpayer dollars (in 2007 Miller Place was paying 15%)

        PAID FOR BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THE LIFE OF THE INDIVIDUAL

-Dental insurance: 100% paid by taxpayer dollars

-Disability Insurance: 100% paid by taxpayer dollars

-Life insurance: Two times annual salary for LIFE

Annual annuity of $20,000 paid for by taxpayer dollars

AND THE BEST PART (Actually written in the contract):  a private bathroom in his office

Renegotiate this contract AND OTHERS and how many programs can continue to be funded without piercing the tax cap?

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Ernestine Franco March 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I agree with everything you said, Jodie. The problem is people just are not paying attention, immaterial of which viewpoint one holds. However, I would like to correct one thing you said. Specific elements of any of the contracts have never been opening discussed at the Board meetings. All of these happen behind closed doors. When I have asked for specific information I have either been told that there is nothing to be done about contract aready in effect or they can't talk about specifics becasue they are in negotiations. People attending board meetings have never been asked to allowed to vote on specific contract. We get a number at the end that represents all contracts and we vote on that in May. Transparency is very lacking from the Rocky Point School Board.
Jodie Lomas March 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Excellent point Ernestine, and I appreciate the correction. I do, however, feel that if they saw that enough people were attending the meetings and asking questions that they would be a little more wary of what they try to sneak through. I know friends that were referred to as "crazy" simply for calling them out on issues they had a right to ask about as concerned parents simply because they were considered the very few and of little credibility. And yet when more parents were made aware of the very same things they had been trying to warn about for years they were outraged. They think that no one is paying attention in Rocky Point and to a certain degree they are right so they attempt to get away with more. We need to demand the transparency were are entitled to as taxpayers and parents.
Jodie Lomas March 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
sorry 'we are' entitled to not 'were are' :)
Ernestine Franco March 08, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Yes, it seems that was is needed is to get more people to attend the board meetings. Perhaps we should all email this blog to everyone we know, immaterial of which side of the issue one is. Once the board sees that residents are paying attention perhaps they will "think" before they approve different things. SO if the board isn't working toard transparency, we have to!
Jenn Intravaia March 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Boe meeting tonight march 26, 2012 7 pm FJC library.....

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