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Salem schools face red ink by 2017

October 22, 2013

SALEM — The five-year financial forecast approved by the Salem Board of Education Monday night shows the cash carryover keeping the bottom line in the black through 2016....

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Oct-23-13 2:12 PM

And to think if Bratton with his own bloated salary wouldn't have paid off a sex offender that money would still be in the budget.

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Oct-22-13 11:46 AM

I have observed the 5 year forecasts for a long time; they change dramatically over time - usually for the better; so I am not too worried. If you know how they have to be calculated, per state law, you can understand how the numbers often look this way in the out years. They will change.

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Oct-22-13 11:41 AM

I have a feeling that this will generate some discussion and probably some animosity towards people who disagree with those of us saying the things I just said. So I'd just like everyone to know that my live-in girlfriend of 3 1/2 years will graduate in the spring with an education degree. So it's not as though I have no skin in the game here, her salary and benefits are soon to be a factor in my life.

I just wanted to include that before we get a teacher that comes on here under an anonymous name and tries to drag me through the mud with the idea that it's easy for me to say these things when I have nothing invested.

This is just the real world. We don't live in the fantasy land that some people think we do and many others wish we did. People have to make the necessary changes and adjustments to changing times, whether positive or negative. The idea that people shouldn't be responsible for making those changes is by definition childish.

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Oct-22-13 11:33 AM

I think for the most part the people can understand that decisions have to be made .

What they don't understand is why the people being paid to make them are too busy fighting and worried about getting re-elected.

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Oct-22-13 11:19 AM

I agree with you ladybug, someone should go to jail over the economic cronyism that is creating our bubbly economy. In fact, a lot of people should. Most of them in government. The reality is though, the public has felt the pain of it more than anyone. If you want to work for the state, this is the reality you have to face--your job isn't guaranteed. It's a matter of numbers, not a matter of compassion and emotion. You don't hear the general public in an uproar when times are good and public officials benefit packages are expanding rather than the services they're providing expanding. No double standards. When times are tough, tough decisions have to be made.

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Oct-22-13 11:05 AM

Sorry the avg, starting salary is $32000

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Oct-22-13 10:55 AM

These same teacher spend 4 to 5 yrs getting an education, run up bills and have to get tested every # yrs to recertify.

Most start out making less than $ 30000 ,and you want more.

Go up to the school and tell that .

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Oct-22-13 10:52 AM

Where have you been snuffy ?

Almost all teachers in the state and area have taken pay freezes,pay more towards insurance and retirement. Now you want them to take cuts too.

How come it's always the little people with you ?

J P Morgan will be paying a 13 billion fine for it's part in the housing debacle in 2008.

Which cost the country over 16 trillion in lost funds,

Yet none of these same people where ever fired or spent a day in jail,

They get their bonuses and raises ,while everyone else has to do with less , BS

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Oct-22-13 9:59 AM

Bingo, Snuffy.

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Oct-22-13 2:03 AM

Instead of raising taxes, it's time for teachers and administrators to accept pay and benefit cuts. The taxpayer is tapped out.

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