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Only Certain Students Can Enroll in the Extended School Year Program This Year

Budget cuts mean only those students who are required to may enroll in the program.

Certain students will not have the opportunity to enroll in the district’s Extended School Year Program this year due to budget cuts.

Only students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that stipulates they must attend the program may enroll in it. Special education students with an IEP with no such stipulation and non-special education students will not be offered the opportunity to enroll.

“We cannot duplicate next year what we did this year with only a 2 percent increase cap,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Michael Roth said. “We have to do things differently. Can those children who wouldn’t normally be enrolled in the program benefit from the experience? Of course they could, but we don’t have that kind of luxury.”

Residents failed to approve the district’s $126.6 tax levy, the portion of the budget controlled by local taxes, in late April. The municipal government will review the budget and request the budget be reduced by suggested the district cut certain programs or services. The district does not have to cut the programs or services that are suggested. The amount of money that is suggested must be eliminated from the budget.

“It means we’ll actually receive a double budget cut this year because we were already capped at a 2 percent increase,” Roth said.

Reilly May 28, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Obviously "Pad" does not have a special needs child. This is a program that is needed beyond words. As a parent of a child who lands on the Autism Spectrum AND has a neurological issue, it is imperative that my child participate in the extended year program. No, it is not because I simply want him "out of the house". It is because he gets all his therapy (besides what we provide him after school) at his school. I am lucky that it is in his IEP. Some parents who did not know that they should have had the same, are in a horrible situation. The more consistent of a day my son has the more he is able to function. Live a day in my life "Pad" and lets see if you would change your mind. Come on over...I am always open to getting some help! :)
Pad May 29, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Reilly, I wasn't talking programs for special needs students. I have two direct relatives that are special ed teachers. Im talking about the ninth period in the high schools and other programs that come and go. There is no consistancy. They are always changing methods that were tried & true. Even teachers complain about this. I am sure the program that your child is enrolled in is a much needed program. And I am also sure that if they stop wasting money on these horrible Super's they have hired and other bad decisions, there would be more money available for your child. I would rather see my taxpayers money go towards your's and other special needs children than in the last Superitendants pocket. I am not against having a great district, just all the waste and mismanagement that I see going on. The BOE has to be more truthful with the taxpayers and a full accounting of their spending and money on hand should be public knowledge. I believe an independant auditor should be brought in to look at the books. After all when a budget passed a few years ago the new Super found a million that wasn't reported in their report. After finding it did they lower the budget? No.
Kristen Begtrup DeVries May 29, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Pad...you wrote "Another unneeded program". Just a heads up...the unneeded program according to you used to be six weeks. ESY is now less than four weeks. I was told it was cut due to the budget but I didn't see it listed in the recent article. How do we explain this?
Pad May 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM
What we need is for them to stop the waste in spending, mismanagement and lucrative contract deals. Millions have been spent on interims, unneeded administrators and just plain bad decisions. Make sound buisness decisions and there will be plenty of money for the children and the required needed programs. The BOE running its own school bus program is an example. Im sure if it was out to bid to a private contractor it would be cheaper. Do we really need to purchase or lease busses, maintain them, insure them, the liability and pay for drivers and their benefits? There is alot of change that could be made w/o affecting the students. For many BOE members this is just a stepping stone into the political arena. The Wayne District needs stability and that starts at the BOE level. How many parents are going to use the new computer program to track their childs school performance? Its more work for the teachers and just more money being spent. Have concerns about your child? Make a phone call or set up a meeting with a counselor or a teacher. People misread me. Im not against education, just the waste of taxpayers money that could be put to better use. I just don't understand why people who are upset with the budget being defeated don't complain about the waste and mismanagement. Not one has ever complained about the Superintedant mess and all that it has cost the taxpayers. You can run an excellent district and still be very cost efficent. They need to stop gouging the taxpayers.
packamom May 29, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Pad-Actually, having report cards available on line is a savings for the district. While it might be more work for the teachers initially, it is supposed to save the district money on printing/paper costs. As far as I'm aware, there was no new computer program purchased for this change.

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