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STOP East Islip Waste and Mismanagement!

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Newsday.com

Top 10 Teachers' Retirement System pensions

FROM NEWSDAY STAFF

9:01 PM EDT, May 4, 2008

Top 10 pension earners in the New York State Teachers' Retirement System. Five of the 10 are working in Long Island school districts.

$316,245: James Hunderfund, 64, retired from Commack in 2006. Now in Malverne, making $200,000.

$205,809: John H. George, 65, retired from North Tonawanda in 2006.

$196,050: William J. McDonald, retired from Floral Park- Bellerose in 2005.

$195,403: William J. Brosnan Jr., 61, retired from Northport in 2006. Now at a school support center in Holbrook, making $176,000.

$194,200: Thomas J. Caramore, 61, retired from Bellmore-Merrick in 2005. Now in Baldwin, making $212,000.

$192,399: Joan L. Colvin, 66, retired from Jericho in 2007. Returned to work at Jericho, making $180,000.

$190,123: Les A. Black, 62, retired from Brentwood in 2006.

$189,909: Sidney A. Freund, 59, retired from Dobbs Ferry in 2006. He had worked earlier in three Long Island districts.

$187,468: Carol D. Eisenberg, 69, retired from West Hempstead in 2007. Now in East Islip, making $173,910.

$186,826: Lawrence F. Pereira, 63, retired from Massapequa in 2005.

Copyright 2008, Newsday Inc.

SCHOOLWATCH SAVES COMMUNITY OVER $4M BY POINTING OUT TECHNOLOGY FUND FARCE!

NEWS FLASH: E.I. Capital Fund Farce is rescinded!

At the last BOE meeting, Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - The East Islip Board of Education voted to rescind a proposed proposition that would have allowed the formation of a $4M capital fund for technology upgrades.
This about face was spearheaded and brought about by SchoolWatch officials, who, in one fell swoop, have just saved the community over $4M!

The outcry began with SchoolWatch President Frank Gerace, at the numerous Budget Advisory Committee meetings that have been held since October 2007. His doubts about the creation of the fund picked up momentum throughout the committee(the Budget Advisory Committee voted unanimously to not support the formation of the Capital Fund!) and in the community as more details were released and it became apparent that there had been an ulterior motive for setting up the fund.
They wanted a place to funnel your hard earned money into! After all, how did we go from Austerity to having a $5M surplus!

Even Glenn Reed (a member of the Technology Committee), who had been a proponent of this fund, sent a last minute e-mail to the BOE indicating, he too now agreed, that the technology upgrade could be implemented on a "pay as you go" basis with funds that the district already had available!

Congratulations SchoolWatchers!

Note: A Schoolwatch member wrote and distributed a document entitled, ‘The Truth About the Technology Vote in East Islip" which pointed out the faults with the proposition and the proper way to fund technology. It's readily apparent that the BOE read this document and adopted our suggestions! (See below - It is posted in its entirety)

Background: Waste and mismanagement has run rampant under the auspices of the current East Islip Board of Education. They have brought the community to its knees with tax increase after tax increase!  5.4% in 2006,  a whopping 12.69% increase in 2007, and  another 7.1% in 2008. THAT'S OVER 25% IN 3 YEARS!
 
KIM PHILLIPS HAS DEFINITELY EARNED THE TITLE "HIGH TAX PHILLIPS"!

VOTE MAY 20th AND
DUMP HIGH TAX PHILLIPS!
 
UNFORTUNATELY, KIM PHILLIPS LEGACY OF WASTE AND MISMANAGEMENT WILL LIVE ON IN CONTINUED TAX HIKES AND REDUCED SERVICES TO OUR CHILDREN INTO THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE...     

WELFARE FUND - the Fund was established in 1975 to provide health and other welfare benefits to supplement the benefits that are unilaterally provided by the School District to its employees. East Islip is 1 of only 3 districts on Long Island that offes this supplemental benefit! 
 
KIM PHILLIPS COULD HAVE NEGOTIATED THE WELFARE FUND OUT OF THE CONTRACT, BUT SHE DIDN'T! (THIS ALONE COSTS THE EAST ISLIP COMMUNITY $1,000,000 PER YEAR)


IT HAS REACHED THE POINT WHERE $$$ FOR EXTRA PERKS AND BENEFITS ARE COMING DIRECTLY OUT OF OUR CHILDRENS' PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES!

THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE! (Read the letter we sent to the BOE before they negotiated away the store and the keys!

Letter to East Islip Board of Education

STATE AID - The East Islip School District has been leaving State Aid on the table while continually asking you, the community, for more and more each year? Literally over one half of a million dollars of LOST educational dollars!

GRANTS -  The East Islip School District has not actively pursued grants and appropriations for years? (For example, they did not apply for millions of dollars in class size reduction aid, while neighboring districts have received millions of dollars! Additionally, in the last 5 yrs over half a million dollars for computer and technology aid was ignored.
 

 

Vote Frank Gerace for BOE Trustee!

SCHOOLWATCH SAVES!
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SchoolWatch - It's time!