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School District Lays Out Cost Cutting Plan

Layoffs to be announced next week as District makes second budget presentation.

Massapequa school officials have outlined more details about budget cuts and staff reductions, but it will be another week until we know the exact number of layoffs.

Superintendent Charles Sulc and Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock  gave the district's second budget presentation to the Board of Education last week and once again blamed the new state tax cap for the district's budget woes.

Sulc again said there were no plans to cut programs for the 2012-13 school year.

But he would not guarantee that programs would remain intact after that given the current economic climate.

"The question you have to ask yourself is...'How in the world do we keep it going under what we have right now in New York State?'" Sulc said.

The Superintendent said that in order to keep under the tax cap the district would have to reduce positions across the board including Administrative, Teaching, Teacher Assistants, and Monitor jobs.

The district already announced the elimination of two cleaning positions by attrition and the layoff of one bus driver.

But they had not yet publicly announced the other layoffs, because the were still working out details including retirement incentives to ease the pain.

"We can't do that tonight," Sulc told those in attendance Thursday at Massapequa High School, explaining that the retirement incentive closed just prior to the meeting. "In addition a lot of communication has to take place between various employee groups and the employees  themselves.

Sulc said the district will announce the number of jobs at the next meeting on March 15.

After the meeting, Sulc explained some of the issues that still need to be worked out. 

"There are regulations associated with it, and seniority is a major factor," he said.  Sulc said that teachers who are certified in more than one subject could be eligible to be excessed in one area and needed in another. For example, a teacher certified in biology and physics might lose his job as a biology teacher, but stay on as a physics teacher.

"We've been at this process for the better part of six weeks, it's going to continue for another couple of weeks to make sure we do it right," he said." continue 

Jo March 29, 2012 at 07:45 PM
They cost us $25.00 a hour.....every building has one.....
Jo March 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
she must work in his office.......wake up residents !!!! vote NO to the BS salaries of ALL district personnel...
Jo March 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
he volunteered a $5000 cut of his 265,000 salary......which he will vote on giving back in a sneaky August meeting ...
Don V. April 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Jo --- great point. What ever happened to the last superintendent? All of the money is going out the backdoor and we can barely get in the front door: http://www.endteacherabuse.org/VanillaBB/Vanilla.1.0.3/comments.php?DiscussionID=39 Imagine what else is going on behind closed doors...
Marcus Grier April 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM
17 months after the ribbon cutting at the Massapequa High School's Cyber Cafe, Superintendent Charles Sulc, Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock and the Board of Education have not paid the General Contractor for the work performed. What a disgrace.

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