Too Big? Selectman Criticizes School Budget

Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli is not shy about voicing his displeasure regarding the amount of money his town will have to pay to support the proposed Amity School Budget.


Amity School Superintendent John Brady is perhaps one of the least popular people in the tri towns right now because of his Amity Budget presentation requesting a $1.6 million (2.8%) and he's asking that $1.3 million of that come from the town of Orange.

A story in the Amity Observer outlines all the numbers, Zeoli's reaction and Brady's reasoning.

The one thing that Brady hoped to do was have the communities vote on the budget in one large district meeting rather than by referendum. That idea met with resistance and was eliminated. Each town will have a referendum as in past years.

Lisa January 31, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Sorry Steve, can't make it. I have a job I have to go to every day. And I don't live in Orange, but in Bethany. But it's interesting how I've been attacked when I'm merely trying to point out that this budget - and increase in all of our taxes - isn't really necessary. In this day and age, when the taxpayer must tighten their belts, those who rely on them for funding should really think of doing the same.
Betsy W. January 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Lisa, it's great that some people, like you, in Bethany (and other Amity towns) are finally taking an interest in local issues like the education budget. I remember the 13 budgets (or whatever number it was) that were rejected some years back. And that was a good thing. What bothers me though is that a lot of misinformation gets out into the public and becomes fact. BTW, this is an example of a typo .... edukation
Barbara T. February 01, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Steve I don't believe that Lisa, Betsy W or I are mudslinging at all. What we are doing is speaking our honest opinion. And yes I do feel sorry for the Bethany residents because they are a smaller town then Woodbrige and Orange. But our freedom of speech is still our rights. as is yours Tea would be fine Steve..Betsy sorry I mixed you up earlier on my response on the high figures. My apology .
Betsy W. February 01, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Not mudslinging. Just trying to get to the facts and discuss them.
AK February 01, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Lisa, You're wrong when you say that ". . . you obviously don't understand contracts. The teachers union does not allow for part-timing, unless you are a substitute . . . . Otherwise, you are considered a full-time employee and get paid as such, with benefits." Indeed, there are both full-time AND part-time teachers at Amity covered by the AEA contract. Usually they're referred to as fractions, (i.e. 3/5s or 2/5s teachers) which denotes how many classes (of the five that full-time teachers teach) these teachers teach.


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