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Family Forum: How Important Is The School Budget Vote?

As election day nears, parents share their thoughts on budget vote participation.

Residents across Long Island are preparing to vote on their school budgets and Board of Education candidates on May 17.

Prior to the big day, Patch is asking readers to weigh in on the importance of the public's participation in school budget votes and elections.

How important is it for parents to vote in school elections? Should all residents vote on the budget, regardless of whether or not they have children in the district?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Kirt June 14, 2011 at 02:38 AM
"It is a verifyable fact that real wages for education professionals on long Island have been growing while the private sector has seen real wage erosion over the past decade." Teaching is a civil servant job. One of the nice things is that when the market tanks, it doesn't immediately affect you. Then again, when the markets soar, don't hold your breath for a raise. "These two components make up 75% to 80% of the average school budget on Long Island." - A school is a box with students and teachers in it. Why wouldn't 75 to 85% of the cost of education go to salaries? Where else is the money going to go? "Further, pension costs for education profesionals have soared at an outlandish rate." - During the "good" times, districts were paying out almost nothing towards their pension funds. Because of that lack of fiscal discipline, when the times went "bad", the districts were forced to raise steep taxes. How is that the fault of Sally the kindergarten teacher? I don't know Michael. I would love to blame everything on the teachers. It just seems like an over simplification. I'm just not buying it.
Michael June 14, 2011 at 03:24 AM
kirt you need to go back and reread my previous posts. I do not blame Sally the kindergarten teacher. You are mistaken. I also can not follow the logic of your post. Please clarify and use facts so that I may properly respond.
pam March 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM
who are we kidding..when parents say "we have to vote yes or our children will suffer" well guess what our children always suffer and lose in the budget. read the budget lines and see where the cuts are always too the children in the mean time teachers, and administrators never seem to get cut there still getting there 5percent raises for lunch duty and cafateria duty. people should really read there budget and see where the cuts in the budget are. beside maybe the teachers should work more then 180 days year! smithtown school district is NOT that great. we just pay high taxes because people do not read the budget before voting!!!!
pam March 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
the quality of the education is not that great first of all! second of all, do you see all the people listed in smithtown that are behind on there property taxes and how many people are in foreclosure in YES WONDERFUL SMITHTOWN!
Shan17817 March 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
This comment thread is from last year.

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