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WCSD: $67,693,095

Board approves menu of cuts; Tax hike within index

May 14, 2013

In the face of a budget deficit that reaches as high as $4,798,676, the Warren County School District board of directors elected to raise taxes in multiple places during the May meeting held on......

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James71

May-15-13 10:03 AM

Can someone please tell me why a teacher/ school employee is better than i am to the point that I'm made to pay for their retirement pension, but they dont have to pay for mine ? Does this pension help the children or their education ?

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commonsense

May-14-13 7:19 PM

Would any person vote themself a pay cut. You don't really think this school district will. Stop at Central office and just see for yourself the waste of time, over staffed, (that is if they are there) most don't have a 2 hour a day job. Donna and her union got their guaranteed money also. Just another display of incompetent, insensitive, and inefficient leadership. BUT we'll have 4 high schools with an average graduating class of 75 students. Sickening leaders.

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01skyler

May-14-13 6:54 PM

ARE YOU KIDDING,NO BODY WILL DO ANYTHING!! Just sit back and take it.That's what they want. They will not stop until Warren is a broke down, ghost town! It will have new schools, new bridge, brick sidewalks, a parking garage, ect....I then wonder, will they still be here?

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saveourschools

May-14-13 5:53 PM

Just an fyi before people jump all over the teachers pensions, these pensions are covering all school employees, not just teachers. When Amy Stewart got her supplement, it raised her pension.

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Lifelongresident

May-14-13 4:42 PM

The residents of Warren County did this!

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future3054

May-14-13 4:41 PM

Well this is what happens when people sit back & let the crocks do whatever they want. Come on people time to speak up. After the superintendent fiasco & the way the board handles every crisis, we should be calling for all their resignations. The people need to speak up & get rid of the board & Arthur Stewart. Nothing will change until this is done.

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01skyler

May-14-13 3:56 PM

The School Board and Central Office SHOULD BE feeling pretty bad about themselves!! I don't know how they sleep at night. BUT I guess if you are able to give yourself raises for all the extra work that you do( LOL)They are all just exhausted. WHAT A JOKE!!! Oh but wait they do all this for the kids !!! I just can't believe residents of Warren County are allowing this!

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MTOMTO

May-14-13 3:52 PM

I still don't understand that with fewer students, fewer teachers, fewer course offerrings, and fewer buildings why the level of administration needs to be maintained and even increased. Doesn' it stand to reason that with less of everything to administer, you should be able to do it with less people?

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Brazil

May-14-13 3:25 PM

Good point James and I have made that in a few of my comments over the past month. While it is beyond belief that this Board funds Executive bonuses while the education and the extras that are part of normal school experiences go up in flames we also need to hold the Administrators themselves accountable. What a group, what an example they set. Instead of saying, we know the Super position is vacant but we have a responsibility to pick up the slack, bear some burden, suffer some of the pain that laid off teachers, current staff in the trenches and the students are bearing.After all we are the highest compensated to begin with. How sad there isn't a one of them who would return or refuse the bonus.

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Lifelongresident

May-14-13 3:15 PM

But at least every community still has a high school and their beloved sports teams.

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writer10

May-14-13 3:06 PM

Instead of raising taxes why not reassess the property taxes. When I bought my house 5 years ago I found out I was paying higher taxes than all of my neighbors, all of whom are much older and have had their houses for 20 - 30 years. Their houses were in much better shape, so I went in and did manage to get my taxes lowered, however it is still the highest taxed house on my street. So how many houses across the district are being under taxed.

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James71

May-14-13 2:28 PM

What the board in essence voted in favor of was to make every property owner pay more in taxes, in order to make sure the PSERS ( or teachers retirement fund) continues to be funded at the expense of the taxpayer. The school board is saying that YOU the taxpayer, who's pensions are not guaranteed, will have to pay more for the teachers pension, which is guaranteed. Look at my comments from a few weeks ago. The board did exactly what I said they would. Think Amy Stewart, or Gary Weber are going to pony up and give back their bonus in order to save a fellow teacher ? Think Jack Werner is ever going to cast a vote against keeping money flowing into his pension? If you want real cuts that DON'T hurt the children's education, eliminate 3 administrators for every teacher and eliminate the guaranteed pensions.

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Brazil

May-14-13 12:38 PM

And the Board President and board is making sure they feather the nests of the highest paid execs no matter how dire the educational circumstances. That $100,000 in bonuses is all about the kids!!

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garypayton

May-14-13 12:04 PM

Hey Art! You can rearrange the deck chairs as many ways as you like, but rest assured: The ship is going DOWN.

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MTOMTO

May-14-13 10:38 AM

"and what are YEMS?"

Another name for sweet potatos?

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MTOMTO

May-14-13 10:36 AM

"Anyone involved in education EVER or that has been paying any attention to these issues knows what they are."

What is "EVER" an acronym for?

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LeftyBeaulieu

May-14-13 10:18 AM

Utherjorge: you are exaggerating. This article is a good example of bad journalism. I'm sorry. I love the TO, but this article as so many holes in it you could drive a truck through it.

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LeftyBeaulieu

May-14-13 10:17 AM

Thank you vetsdottir: If we have no PE, music, art, or computer training, why go to high school at all?

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LeftyBeaulieu

May-14-13 10:14 AM

A budget of $67 Million with 4,661 students means we are spending $14,374 per pupil. We could save money by sending them all to community college. How is it that private grade schools and private high schools can educate students for much less?

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vetsdottir

May-14-13 10:08 AM

"Special" is an arcane term for the co-curricular subjects such as Art, PE, Music, Computer Tech. By designating them as "Special" some admins marginalize both the subject and the teacher.

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LeftyBeaulieu

May-14-13 10:00 AM

MTOMTO: sounds reasonable to me. Journalism 101 states that the first time you use an acronym in an article you must tell the reader what it stands for. This is the first time I have seen AVES used. I am still wondering what a "special" is. Maybe the point of the article is to mystify the reader. Apparently we are not intelligent enough to understand. After all, we were educated by the WCSD (Warren County School District).

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MTOMTO

May-14-13 9:59 AM

Stewart said that administration has asked "will those buildings go together? They really will,"

It's always easiest to get consensus when you ask yourself a question then answer it.

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MTOMTO

May-14-13 9:57 AM

Board member Mike Zamborik said that "what we're doing here (in terms of raising taxes), (we are) going to that ourselves for this time next year."

What in the world does that mean?

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MTOMTO

May-14-13 9:55 AM

What in the world does AVES stand for?

Allegheny Valley Elementary School?

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LeftyBeaulieu

May-14-13 9:27 AM

Unless you are a school board member or part of the administrative staff this article is completely unintelligible. What the heck is a "special?" What in the world does AVES stand for? Stop writing for your sources and start writing for your readers. Thanks for un-informing us!

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