I believe it would be exactly the same amount! We have 437 children in the EQ Elementary School. We have almost the exact number of students in the WHB Middle and High Schools. A full half of our budget goes to WHB. That means the other half stays at our school. If we send our elementary school children to WHB Elementary (which by the way doesn't have the room for us, not to mention then we would have absolutely no say in the budget) it will cost exactly the same amount!" May 22, 13 5:17 PM
Have either you or Chief1 ever considered that consolidation has been considered by our BOE? Westhampton does not want to consolidate!!
You guys should come to some of our BOE meetings and really listen to what is going on. We have a fiscally responsible BOE who has worked very hard at putting together the best budget they can- trying their best to balance the wants of the taxpayers with the needs of the students. The least we all can do as community members is listen to them and educate ourselves before voting no! People hear the words "pierce the cap" and all they want to do is vote the budget down.
" May 22, 13 5:27 PM
The above comment was directed at crusader not double standard. Sorry." May 22, 13 5:29 PM
What does razing the house have to do with anything?
" May 23, 13 6:25 PM
Right, crusader, "The die is cast".. for our wonderful school district to be systematically ruined because of people who vote no on fiscally sound school budgets. That's certainly nothing to be proud of. " Jun 15, 13 11:34 AM
None of the "VOTE YES" signs I saw were in any way littering or disturbing the public right of way! And you can look forward to seeing them again next year! :)
" Jun 26, 13 3:50 PM
Bearing in mind, of course, that the school you want East Quogue to merge with actually is interested in merging. Which Westhampton Beach isn't!" Oct 19, 13 2:28 PM
That same president who has been changing whatever laws he sees fit to whatever version of them helps him the most? Are you kidding? You call THAT being held accountable???
The teachers I know are not looking to have no accountability in their jobs! They are saying that they have to have more time to implement this curriculum before it would be appropriate to tie students test results to the teachers rating. They HAVE to teach directly to the test and if their class needs more time on a certain subject too bad! There's no time to review, just keep pushing ahead. Kids can't master a lesson in one day!!
" Dec 6, 13 2:39 PM
To your comment "the NY State Dept warned that initially, results would be bad (knowing full well the poor quality of so many locally controlled school districts), but that the higher standards are designed to spur change to better performance". The NY State Ed Dept set the scores for pass/fail AFTER the tests were graded! Of course they were able to "warn" that results would be bad!! They guaranteed it themselves!!" Dec 6, 13 2:59 PM
If you notice, Crusader, the reference to Lewis Rd was only to COMPARE it to the piece of sidewalk on Central Ave in front of the school property. The snow on the sidewalk was caused by the same thing that caused Lewis Rd to have to be plowed again- the WIND!!" Jan 28, 14 9:24 AM
I would like to point out to Mr. Radday that if he believes parents are refusing the NYS assessments for their children because they are "too hard" he is 100% WRONG!! These tests have no educational value to our children. Their teachers do not get the tests back after they are taken. They are told that a certain number of students got specific questions wrong but not what topics those questions dealt with. The tests do not drive our children's education at all! The "results" are not sent out until August- after the child has left the class he/she was in when he/she took the test. The passing score for these assessments is not set until AFTER the tests are taken and graded! Some years it's 63% to pass, some years it's 87%. The ONLY reason for these tests is to evaluate the teachers. Why should our children have to sit for 400 minutes over 6 days solely so the state can assess their teachers? There are plenty of other ways to assess teachers. I won't even go into the fact that special ed students(who are expected to perform at their age level NOT their ability level) and English Language learners(some who don't speak English yet) are required to take the same tests and their scores are also included in their teachers' assessment. So no, Mr. Radday, we are not trying to "shelter" our children from something that is "hard" just from something that is pointless and abusive!!" Mar 5, 14 3:46 PM