The Journal News has more school district propaganda up today, courtesy of our old pal Aman Ali. It’s Richard Organiciak and John Quinn making the same old tired arguments they have been making for the past month at budget meetings, arguments that even the normally docile school board has rejected.
The only news in the piece is Organisciak’s assertion that all salaries will go up and no staff will be let go.
“Everything is tied into ongoing negotiations right now,” Organisciak said. “We’re negotiating all our contracts with the board and our teachers as a part of a big package. You can’t make changes to one without making changes to the other, and vice versa.”
The district is working on renewing a contract with its teachers union set to expire in June. Organisciak said the district doesn’t anticipate implementing any salary freezes or layoffs next year.
My favorite line is from John Quinn.
John Quinn, assistant superintendent of business and administration, said the district will cut costs in several areas, including an 11 percent reduction on classroom supplies, which translates to savings of a few hundred thousand dollars. Elsewhere, Quinn said the district will cut what it spends on energy.
“We’ve set up a network program that will turn off all our computers at night districtwide, and we will turn off lights in unoccupied spaces,” Quinn said. “It sounds like something simple but it will end up saving us about $285,000.”
After the last board meeting, I drove past New Rochelle High School at about 11 PM and stopped to take pictures. As you can see it was lit up like a Christmas tree. EVERY light in the building was switched on.