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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.

T.S. Salinger May 07, 2011 at 08:55 PM
This was already decided wether budget passed or failed. It had beenbdecided months ago in this manner, so how does the budget have anythingto do with extended school year?
Pad May 07, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Another uneeded program. Lets cut the fluff out and get back to eight periods etc. Everytime they have a new program etc it cost money and people need to be hired for them. Did we need Sushi served at the High Schools etc. Run our own school bus program? Outside provider is probably alot cheaper if put out for bid. Stop the nonsense, make some real cuts and maybe we will support the next budget. BTW T.S. Sallinger your correct. They get their money either way. They think we are stupid not to realize that they inflate the budget in case it fails and end up still ahead. Lets see if the Mayor and Council have the ball's to order some real cuts. I am patiently waiting to see what cuts are made in the budget. They will just enact another smoke & mirrors game on the taxpayers and in turn more will leave and the rest will keep paying more & more to make up for the loss of tax income to the Township. What don't they get? They think the 142 million dollar budget and high taxes are some sort of status symbols. Its our money and we have every right to tell our elected officials and the BOE if we are not happy with this type of mismanagement & spending. To those who lost in the election I say Good Bye and don't let the door hit you on the way out. You deserved what you got from the voters for being arrogant to the needs of the taxpayers.
Al Scala May 08, 2011 at 02:14 PM
So coming in under cap wasn't good enough.....ex-BOE president had BA cut until budget was $400,00 under cap.....well, as we all know, budget was defeated.....and so now we start cutting at a -$400,000 from what we could have started at.....in my opinion, not a very smart IDEA, former BOE MR. President!
Mary Jo May 08, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Well let's see the cuts... Oh wait the NEW math program is being implemented THROUGHOUT grdes 1-5... Wow where did that money come from...I guess there will be no cuts. Here we go again another Boy who cried wolf saga. Each year they want more and have empty threats.. Let's see some programs and people go and maybe your budget will pass in 2012.
Pad May 09, 2011 at 09:42 AM
All these new programs, they come and go and people and certain connected people & buisnesses make money off them. The constant change of new methods etc is just all the more confusion teachers and students have to put up with. They all cost money and last a few years until someone say's "Lets Try This" & spend more money. Let's get back to tried & true methods that have worked in the past and stop all this nonsense.
Kristen Begtrup DeVries May 09, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Another unneeded program? Are you referring to Extended School Year for special education students? Students who in all their years might possibly never be able to participate in the "School Sponsored Athletics" that is funded for 1.8million dollars in the budget?? You cannot compare sushi in the high schools to education of our special needs population or call it fluff.
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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