That’s the magnitude of educational cuts Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried will be recommending in his presentation to the Mamaroneck School Board on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 pm in the Hommocks Auditorium (see details on the agenda below).
Without the cuts, Dr. Fried has estimated that mandated increases will push the budget up 9%. Last year’s budget was $120,695,077, an increase of 3.23% over the previous year (with the STAR program factored in).
Teacher’s Reply on Re-Opening the Contract
Last week, Dr. Fried announced that he had been unsuccessful in getting the teachers to consider re-opening the contract to allow the implementation of budget efficiencies that he believes are preferable to options currently available.
“The leadership of the MTA has indeed refused to open the contract,” said Ann Borsellino, who had been unavailable for comment last week. Last year the teachers led the way in this district and made concessions without opening the contract.
“Our give backs included refunding money from the Welfare Fund, a voluntary increase in our health care contribution, and a pay give back in the form of ½ a day,” listed Ms. Borsellino. “This was not a furlough – we agreed to work that half day and not get paid for it because that is what made sense for our students. More than 90% of our membership voted for this give back.”
Ms. Borsellino pointed out that the MTA was keeping an open mind and asking for further details.
“The teachers have not said no to helping this community which supports our work with their children – we said we need more information so we make educated decisions based on real numbers.”
The teachers will be paying close attention. “We attended the session on 11/30 and we will be there again on 2/2 & 2/9,” said Ms. Borsellino. “And once we know the specific details and issues facing our schools, we will move forward in a way that is good for our students, our colleagues, and the community members.”
Dr. Fried said last week that some proposals may require negotiations with the Mamaroneck Teachers Union over elements in the current contract.
The budget meeting for February 2 has been moved from the high school to the Hommocks Auditorium, to accommodate the anticipated crowd.
Dr. Fried will be laying out three or four major budget-cutting initiatives, constructed in conjunction with principals at each school. The evening agenda will include:
1. A 30-minute budget overview by Dr. Fried
2. A presentation on the first initiative
3. A 30-minute session for the board to ask questions and make comments
4. A 15-minute session for community input
Dr. Fried will follow the same organization for each initiative. Index cards will be distributed at the end of the session for use by anyone who has not had a chance to speak. The superintendent’s office will read and consider all comments.
Thursday 2/5 12pm, 3pm
Friday 2/6 6pm
Saturday 2/7 12am, 6am, 12pm, 6pm
Sunday 2/8 12am, 6am, 12pm, 6pm
Monday 2/9 12am, 6am, 12pm
Sunday 2/8 9am