Even though he lied to her in a previous story about Trinity School, Diana Costello had no problem ringing up her old pal Richard Organisciak for a quote. Costello has a story up on Gov. Patterson’s proposed decreases in increases in local school funding from New York State.
“Sitting here right now, I couldn’t see how this wouldn’t make its way into the classroom,” said New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, whose district would lose $3.2 million and see a 2 percent drop from last year’s aid. “That shakes me up a little bit.”
– Teacher salaries and benefits are the biggest chunk of the school district’s budget. The teachers union contract negotiations begin this month.
– How about looking for some concessions from the teachers union?
– How about shrinking the bureaucracy by cutting the bloated administrative staff in the district?
– How about ending the practice of double-dipping whereby non-teaching staff call in sick during the week then work weekends to make up the work at double-time so they are being for three days of work when they work one?
– How about not funding education for students from the Bronx and Mount Vernon by hiring retired police detectives to verify residency? You can start by looking into the Barnard Magnet School where I am told there are even some Larchmont residents who send their kids to Barnard.
– How about cracking down on Special Education Tourism where families from outside the United States “shop” for pliant school districts in America (like New Rochelle) and then bring their children into the country illegally so New Rochelle taxpayers can foot the bill for special education programs costing tens of thousands of dollars per child.
I have heard that as many as 10% of the students in New Rochelle do not meet the residency requirement. New Rochelle pays over $16,000 a year per child. Let’s say that is off by 1,000% and just 1% of the students enrolled in New Rochelle are not actually supposed to be in New Rochelle schools. That would be about $2,000,000 in savings right there. The real number is likely far higher so hiring a few qualified detectives might result in huge costs savings.