Comments by jjhehir
Posted on May 17 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Anne and Michael, the purpose of a union is to fight for increases in salary and benefits, and for better workplace conditions for its members. That is it.
The Niskayuna Teachers’ Association is a union and has no place endorsing Board of Education candidates. It should not be encouraged to do so.
The Niskayuna Teachers' Association will be negotiating salary and benefit increases with the Board of Education soon.
When persons at the other side of the bargaining table are beholding to a union that endorsed them, their ability to negotiate in good faith for the interests of students and taxpayers is diminished.
Posted on May 16 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Hamelot, I see many instances of short-term thinking by the board: close this school, no, close that school, no, fire the superintendent nine months after extending her contract, etc. Do you have any specifics on the teacher's union exerting influence on the board?
Posted on May 16 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)
While Ms Oriola was president of the school board there were two almost school closings and the sudden unexplained resignation of the superintendent. I do not think that the school community can take another three years of Ms Oriola.
Posted on May 16 at 12:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
To say that the leadership of the board has been poor these last two years is an understatement. The manner at which the superintendent suddenly resigned with the board's approval is a prime example, to say nothing of the on-again, off-again school closings and associated drama. Board President Deborah Oriola should not be asked to continue on the board to send a message to other board members that further dysfunctional behavior on their part will not be tolerated.
Posted on May 10 at 10:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Herb, terrorists attacked an embassy of the United States of America. Our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in the attack. No one was held accountable. You are right it’s old news. Let’s move on.
Posted on April 26 at 10:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The purpose of public education is to have an educated citizenry. Funding that education is the responsibility of all.
Posted on April 23 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Welcome to Niskayuna, Superintendent Yagielski. Watch your back. The Board of Education gave the same assurances, “that they are on the same page” to Superintendent Salvaggio three years ago.
Posted on April 17 at 4:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
When two top administrators are retiring, is this the best time for the Board to accept the resignation of the superintendent also? That's like throwing the rudder overboard just to see what happens.
Posted on April 17 at 4:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Linda, when the Board was to renew a $5,300 coach's contract a few months ago they held a regular meeting and filled the auditorium. Dozens of people commented on the pros and cons of renewing his contract. When the Board contemplates accepting or rejecting the resignation of the supervisor in a $189,000 contract mum is the word; move on there is nothing to see here.
Posted on April 16 at 12:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)
In this year's 2013/2014 budget, for every dollar paid in salary fifty-one cents went for employee benefits.