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Amsterdam school budget shot down; others in county approved

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Voters rejected the Greater Amsterdam School District’s $55.4 million budget proposal by just more than 30 votes Tuesday and shot down a proposition that would have provided $25,000 to the Walter Elwood Museum. The district’s budget proposal, which called for an overall tax levy increase of 11.37 percent and an additional $2.4 million in spending, went down by a vote of 831 to 799. The Board of Directors of the Walter Elwood Museum submitted a ...

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May 20, 2009
6:26 a.m.

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We realize that the School District has to go back to the drawing board and cut fat from the budget. Every year it's the same old predicament we as taxpayers are faced with--either approve the budget or; A. The children will suffer irreparable educational setback, B. The teachers and high end administrators won't be able to survive on the cushy salary 85% of them take OUT of Amsterdam (matter of fact out of the District), and C. God forbid, Amsterdam goes without some shape or form of sport or new model of tuba, uniform, or pencil sharpener designed in 2009 (as opposed to the one purchased in 2007). I could probably get into the double letters if I gave it enough thought. Those I do feel sorry for are those who suffer maliciously at the hands of persons in control of budgets. I feel sorry for the person who is struggling in this economy to pay their mortgage and make ends meet---maybe even experiencing some sort or physiological or psychological setback because of it (the recession), while others take advantage of their misfortune--only to line their bottomless pockets even more with the money taken from one or two laid off employees. Pathetic. As far as Ann Peconie losing at her shot at being elected to the School Board, the voters could not have made a more responsible choice! We don't need another "Ann" running our School District---save us from the headache will you please. This lady ran masked as a stoolie...period. Take into consideration she is the current curator of the Museum, consider the fact she has the ol' axe to grind (the size of a guillotine straight out of France) with someone in the District for budgetary awakenings earlier this year, AND considering the fact she and Mayor Anne Thane and Corporation Counsel DeCusatis are wound together tighter than a drum---yeah I said it, AND considering the fact Peconie allowed the Walter Elwood Museum to literally turn into a crumbling, rotting, pest infested structure (blame somebody else though---not her was the attitude)---well GASD voters, you made an intelligent choice not selecting her to serve. Maybe Thane can make her the flying rodent control officer for the City of Amsterdam. That's my opinion---you might call it---and I'm sticking to it.

May 20, 2009
7:17 a.m.

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I wonder just how many "Administrators" it takes to run a district. Something to the effect that is likely 10 fold the number 20 years ago. Isn't it time to look to consolidation? We're definitely top heavy. If we want to keep our individual school districts, fine, but do some serious sharing of adminitration. Why do we need the amount of Superintendents, and other top level positions that several, if not all, schools in each county could share.

Yet in Amsterdam they HAD to cut 4 custodial positions to save money. You know, the people that have to seriously work for a lving..........

May 20, 2009
10:44 p.m.

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True story...I worked at a school in downtown Albany on a recent rehab project. (not chalmers) Just a 3 story building, nothing spectacular. Anyway, I thought it strange that there was 3 principals and 3 assistant principals plus a menagerie of administrators. This was one of those magnet schools just like Amsterdam has recently converted to. In the last 4 years School budgets have all increased because of fuel costs incurred from busing. Now that the cost of fuel has stabilized you'd expect the budget to have a surplus. Where is all the money?