Looking to blame the teachers
Feb 18, 2011 8:38 am
John Mason of the Register-Star has two stories up about the deepening budget talks at Taconic Hills School District, which held a board meeting on February 16. In one, he focuses on a recent speech by District Superintendent Mark Sposato, who put teachers squarely at the center of his budget presentation by talking about individual teachers' salaries and suggesting means of working through better union contracts, going so far as to charge that the district’s secondary teachers work 3.3 hours a day, a claim that was hotly contested by teachers in the audience, who said their tasks include more than just classroom teaching hours. Sposato said he was responding to media questions about his own rate of pay, which was ranked sixth out of 93 among all superintendents in the Capital Region, while the Taconic teachers’ was ranked 91st, with an average of $41,430, one fifth of what Sposato owns. Mason's second story, Mason reports on administrative discussions of how state aid cuts will effect Taconic Hills, which Sposato says will mean cuts of approximately $2.3 million from the current year’s budget in the coming year. Specifics, which have included talk of dropping kindergarten classes, all music and art, and most sports in other districts, have yet to be addressed.