Elementary ‘Special’ Subject Grading Meeting:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wishing all of our members a
great 2017-2018 School Year!!!
7/24/17: Board cuts $2 million but spends more $ on artificial turf and phones!
In an interesting move, the Vineland BoE was able to cut $2,048,492 from the previously approved 2017-18 budget, but still found money to install artificial turf at Gittone Stadium and ‘upgrade’ the telephone system. Members, they’ve just told you (and the State that funds us and thinks we’re over-funded) that you, your classroom needs, and our students in those classrooms are not the highest priority. The $2 million reduction will be re-occurring and so will the new cost of a $251,000 per year loan payment for 5 years (starting in 2019) to pay for the artificial turf and the telephone system. Other cuts included: 3 special education positions (as the district operates under a corrective action plan in special ed.), $300,000 in adjusting tuition estimates, $300,000 for health insurance for open positions, the bleacher replacement for VHS-S gymnasium, and replacing the retired Vice Principal at Sabater with a substitute for the full year (…keep in mind a new “Title I Principal” position to work out of Plum St at an even higher cost was earlier approved). Landis served tens of thousands of students and employees for 90 years without an elevator, but when the central administration moves in they need a $336,000 elevator? Did you ever have a problem with your district, classroom or office phone (Me neither.)? Stay tuned…and enjoy the rest of your summer! As the old song goes, See you in September…see you when the summer’s through…have a good time…