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TELL US: What Do You Think of the Proposed School Budget?

Here's your chance to sound off on the $105,246,451 school budget proposed for the 2013-14 school year.

Interim Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools Richard Kisiel's proposed school budget for the 2013-14 school year is a $4.599 million, or 4.57 percent, increase over the current year's budget. 

Under the proposal, which still needs to be approved by the Board of Education, teachers will receive a 1.5 percent wage increase, no teachers will be laid off and classroom sizes will remain the same, but 10 paraprofessional positions will be eliminated. Kisiel's proposal also includes a 2.25 percent increase in administrator salaries, a roughly $1 million increase in special education funding and the replacement of five vehicles within the district's maintenance fleet. 

But the proposal does not include any increases in funding for school and security upgrades, which Kisiel said he would leave up to a soon to be assembled community task force on school safety and security to recommend to the board of education. 

But what do you think of the $105,246,451 proposed budget? Is it too much? Not enough? Is the funding directed to the right places? What would you like to see changed or added to the plan? 

Please share your thoughts with your friends and neighbors in the comments section below!

Frank January 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM
No No, I think prison is very very expensive but the state pays for prisons and if a kid or adult is in prison the town of manchester no longer has to pay for their schooling or monitoring their behavior or anything, so I am saying local officials and other folks like that they don't have to pay the bills for the people who are out of town in state care in the prison system. I think that is crazy to think because we all pay state taxes as well but I think people think that.
Jon Crickmore January 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM
James i never thought the day would come when i would agree with you lol. You are right about the smoke and mirrors. If you arrest fewer people you can claim a victory. It's all BS. Trust me when i tell you there is a unwritten policy on arresting less people as a way to claim victory. 3 weeks ago i was asked to go to someones house that was having trouble with a young man who has struggled with addiction. I suggested that she call the police. When the police arrived 5 of them. There was drug paraphernalia, prescription pills that didn't belong to this person and the police could of cared less. When asked if they would arresting this young man the answer was NO. This single mother was in disbelief. The ones she thought could help her just turned their heads. He was taken to the hospital given a narcotic prescription and released back to the streets within an hour. 5 police officers and not one of them thought this person should be arrested. To much paperwork ? crowded courts? lazy? it baffles me. Sorry to get off track this is just an example of the smoke and mirrors. As far as the paras are concerned i believe 5 of them are in special education. The last place we should be removing these people from is special education. The special education kids i speak of are the severely handicapped not just the ones who are disruptive in class. Manchester wants you to think they have a great special ed system in place.
Jon Crickmore January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM
-Continued- I wonder why so many employees have their children in out of district placement if the special education was so great. You could try asking the board members. Good luck though. When my kids were in Manchester schools i emailed every BOE member twice and never received a response from any of them. After much prodding i did get a response from Mr Pattacini who informed me he was speaking on be half of all members and he was sorry but they could not help. They couldn't help with a school issue? more like they didn't want to help.
tina bourke January 23, 2013 at 02:52 PM
^I was coming of age in the late 60's early 70's and drugs were rampant at school. No health insurance, no help. Sadly, I knew schoolmates who died of overdoses and suicide from growing up in that era. I really think you just contributed more then you know with your posts here on trying to figure out recognizing success . On this one both your thinking is profound and so very relevant. It is not so much fault of the officers or school in my opinion only, but rather how all this discussion is helpful to know how one looks at the goal or statistic. Remember for them it is a job. For example if is proposed as a job; we need to decrease the incarceration rates and that simply becomes the focus, rather then we may actually be helpful in this kids life as an authority figure and at such a crucial stage of their life. At that point one decides it is not about one's job or a statistic but rather real altruism. This type of altruism may not only result in decrease of incarceration but may even save a lifetime of suffering for the individual and generational ongoing suffering? I don't think you can measure altruism however. Excellent points from all of you on this thread!!! Sorry if I strayed from the budget....
tina bourke February 04, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Since this story and proposal the BOE has approved the budget. Although not the BOD yet but I don't understand was there an additional 1 million and I really didn't get the 85,000 for a computer tech. Anybody here understand it???

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