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  • why dont Gerstenlauer, if he is so upset take less money and maybe some jobs could be saved?

  • Its about time that got rid of some of those administrators. With most of the community on a fixed income, the school district should also be on a fixed income. We just cannot afford tax raises every year. People are concerned about the County Budget, but do you ever look at your school taxes?And WAGE FREEZES should be a given.

  • I agree the cuts to teaching staff & programs are terrible. The children will suffer for this…larger class sizes & increased standards will only contribute to greater pressure on our children. Teachers should recieve quality pay…they are required to have a Masters Degree and take many credits beyond what most people realize. Additionally, they spend many hours away from their families to help our children! They deserve respect and great pay. Many of them
    Live in our community & need pay increases to pay their taxes. Our community must come together for the benefit of our young children and all of our youth. Our children are our FUTURE. A society that values it’s future must invest in youth!

  • I agree the cuts to teaching staff & programs are terrible. The children will suffer for this…larger class sizes & increased standards will only contribute to greater pressure on our children. Teachers should recieve quality pay…they are required to have a Masters Degree and take many credits beyond what most people realize. Additionally, they spend many hours away from their families to help our children! They deserve respect and great pay. Many of them
    Live in our community & need pay increases to pay their taxes. Our community must come together for the benefit of our young children and all of our youth. Our children are our FUTURE. A society that values it’s future must invest in youth!

  • Stop the deceptive “state mandated expenses” for retirement and insurance benefits mantra. It makes it sound like the state is forcing these expenses on districts.

    It’s the UNION that mandated these expenses by pressuring the boards into accepting these bloated pay and benefit packages.

  • IT IS TIME TO STAND UP TO THE TEACHERS. WE PAY THERE SALARY. WANT TO KEEP THERE SALARY,FINE. PAY UP TO 35% OF YOUR MEDICAL. WHEN YOU RETIRE, PICK UP YOUR OWN MEDICAL LIKE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, GET YOUR OWN 401K PLAN. PAY FOR YOUR OWN EDUCATION LIKE WE ALL DO. NO SPECIAL PERKS. LET PARENTS RATE THE TEACHERS ,NOT THAT THEY STAY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CONTRACT. NEW TIER FOR NEW TEACHERS TO ELIMINATE ALL THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING

  • IT IS TIME TO STAND UP TO THE TEACHERS. WE PAY THERE SALARY. WANT TO KEEP THERE SALARY,FINE. PAY UP TO 35% OF YOUR MEDICAL. WHEN YOU RETIRE, PICK UP YOUR OWN MEDICAL LIKE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, GET YOUR OWN 401K PLAN. PAY FOR YOUR OWN EDUCATION LIKE WE ALL DO. NO SPECIAL PERKS. LET PARENTS RATE THE TEACHERS ,NOT THAT THEY STAY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CONTRACT. NEW TIER FOR NEW TEACHERS TO ELIMINATE ALL THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING

  • IT IS TIME TO STAND UP TO THE TEACHERS. WE PAY THERE SALARY. WANT TO KEEP THERE SALARY,FINE. PAY UP TO 35% OF YOUR MEDICAL. WHEN YOU RETIRE, PICK UP YOUR OWN MEDICAL LIKE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, GET YOUR OWN 401K PLAN. PAY FOR YOUR OWN EDUCATION LIKE WE ALL DO. NO SPECIAL PERKS. LET PARENTS RATE THE TEACHERS ,NOT THAT THEY STAY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CONTRACT. NEW TIER FOR NEW TEACHERS TO ELIMINATE ALL THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING

  • It is unfortunate that assumptions are made about the way a school district is run without knowing the true facts. Unfortunately, these ignorant rants bashing and undermining those who go into a profession to help society and impact childrens lives emphasizes the need for a more quality education! Obviously it is not coming from the home in certain instances!

    When the overall goal of education is to prepare students for life after they leave the walls of the school district; cutting programs and reducing funding will not only ill-prepare students for standardized MANDATED testing (which society uses as a scorecard to measure the succeess or failure of the district, and drives property values) but, students suffer in comparison to students from other districts where they value their kids overall education when competing for admission into college or occupational skills acquire for the workforce.

    If you can look beyond 365 days, you may see the bigger picture. It transcends the salaries some complain about, when a teacher is mandated to jump through hoop after hoop from indebting themselves financially to fund their education, to successfully passing certification exams (funded also by themselves!), to the rigorous contractual mandates/directives they complain less about, than others do that they are justly compensated.

    In other countries, teachers are treated with dignity and respect. What message are we sending our children? If you work hard, obtain an education and try to help society: society will terrorize your profession with generalization and villify the salary and benefits you earn if you become a teacher! Not only do teachers work 180+ days, but 180+ nights! Teachers retire far later than some other professions also funded by taxes, and get less of a % of their pay and no one seems to care about that. It’s cheaper to education a child and keep them off the streets than take away their options, lessen their employability, and incarcerate them if they get into trouble!

    News 12 ran a story last night on the Syosset school district, where their superintendent makes in excess of $500,000 and they are one of the highest taxed areas without any state aid at all.(Longwood used to get 50%, now 37% state aid). When asked if their property taxes are too high and the Super makes too much, residents overwhelming said, “NO!” “She is worth every penny and then some!” They cited scores on standardized test, graduation rates, job readiness, and the increase in their property values as a result of a quality education! Cutting programs and funding is NOT the answer!!!

  • It certainly is “unfortunate” that people rant and rave about things they obviously know nothing about. There is no way – that if NR was active in Board meetings, Budget Committee meetings, Legislative Committee meetings and more – that a comment like that would have been made.

    What a foolish thing to say! OF COURSE those things are mandated by state law!!

  • It certainly is “unfortunate” that people rant and rave about things they obviously know nothing about. There is no way – that if NR was active in Board meetings, Budget Committee meetings, Legislative Committee meetings and more – that a comment like that would have been made.

    What a foolish thing to say! OF COURSE those things are mandated by state law!!

  • First of all, Pam, you obviously did not pay much attention while you were in school. Your statement should read, Why doesn’t Gerstenlauer, if he is so upset, take less money…..You and everyone else should realize that Dr. Gerstenlauer’s salary is such a tiny part of the big problem. The amount of money he makes is just a drop in the bucket when looking at the whole financial picture.

  • Seriously? Your response is riddled with errors and half truths. If YOU are the parent that is rating a teacher, I say, “No thank you!”

  • We Need to keep the music alive for our student & Teachers- past, present, anf furture. Lossing these programs will hurt the student and teachers of longwood. The music progran has been the a big part of my sons life. He started in the 4th grade with a great teacher & has continuned with music & he is in the 9th grade. He told me that if he does not have a chance to continun with tha music program he will not know what to do. He enjoys Band, Marching Band, Pep Band and Jazz Band. So Please try to help keep the Music Alive.Why is our furure the first thing to get cut. We all say our children are our future so please do not cut the programs and all the hard working teacher out of our children life.

  • I dont belive that they shouldnt be cuting the music programs because its just the wrong diccisson. Taking away the fouth grade programs wont do anything but slow down the kids potental to learn. I know with out the music programs i would have no clue what i would be doing at this point, and starting a such an early age gave me the extra time and knowledge I needed to get were I want want toi be. I feel that for some kids music is like there sport and taking away all the oppurtunites c like the clubs and everything else wouldn’t help, it would just hurt them.So I think it would be completley irrational to take away these programs

  • sorry typo i dont belive that they should be cuting the music program

  • You should be ashamed of yourself for your statement, “You belong on Wall Street with the other incompetents. ” How dare you and how ignorant you are. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The community should be rallying together to support keeping programs for the children, not attacking each other over grammatical errors.