Nine-Period Seaford Middle School Day Back on Schedule

New United Teachers of Seaford agreement approved Thursday night preserves nine-period day at middle school for 2013/14.

Seaford Board of Education Trustee Jeanmarie Wink (middle) thanks the United Teachers of Seaford for coming together on a one-year agreement that helps preserve a nine-period day Seaford Middle School in 2013/14. (credit: Andrew Coen)
Seaford Board of Education Trustee Jeanmarie Wink (middle) thanks the United Teachers of Seaford for coming together on a one-year agreement that helps preserve a nine-period day Seaford Middle School in 2013/14. (credit: Andrew Coen)
A nine-period day at Seaford Middle School is back on schedule for this fall.  

The Seaford Board of Education officially approved a one-year memorandum of agreement Thursday night that it had struck Tuesday with the United Teachers of Seaford (UTS). This agreement allows the district to avoid cutting 8.8 full-time equivalent teaching positions that were slated to go into effect under a previously announced budget plan that included reducing to an eight-period middle school day.

“I am so pleased the nine-period middle school day is being preserved,” said Seaford Board of Education Trustee Susan Ruona after Thursday’s unanimous vote to approve the UTS agreement.

The one-year deal with the UTS, whose three-year contract was due to expire June 30, includes a 0 percent salary increase and a hard freeze in contractual step and lane movement for the 2013/2014 school year. The agreement calls for maintaining the percentage contributed for health insurance and guarantees no layoffs to UTS members.

“I want to thank the [UTS] membership for working together with the district to just bring together two groups and making sure that what we’re doing collectively and collaboratively is for the kids,” said Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan during Thursday’s meeting held at Seaford Manor School. “I’m very pleased with this.”

A continuation of Seaford Middle School’s nine-period day is contingent upon voters approving the district’s proposed $60.4 million budget on May 21. The spending plan represents a 4.58 percent increase over the district’s current budget. The tax levy increase of 3.59 percent is the maximum the district was allowed under new tax rules that were approved by the New York State Legislature two years ago.

A budget hearing is scheduled for May 9 in the Seaford High School Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. Voting on Seaford's 2013/14 budget plan is scheduled for May 21 at Seaford Manor School and Seaford Harbor School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Comprehend Lorraine, I did not ask you to research for me I am well aware of our budget! I asked you to post all the facts not just the ones that suit your irrelavant rants! For the people who don 't have time, not for me! Once again you did not answer the question and you use insults when your wrong! Thanks for letting everyone know that you are only willing to post some facts not all!
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Ok Lorraine here is the answer! For Lynbrook SD they have 2908 bussinesses. Www.manta.com/mb_51.../lynbrook_ny, they have over 28,000 residents www.lynbrookvillage.net. Seaford has 381 bussinesses under list of local businesses, and 15,791 residents www.citytown.info.com. You cannot compare Seaford to Lynbrook...
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Like I tell my kids don't listen to the big mouth who only tells half the truth!
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Oh yeah LMAO!!
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Go look on Lynbrook Patch they were granted more State Aid!
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 06:37 PM
As for Westchester they were cut $2,682,518 million from state Aid. They have 80,725 residents and over 31,552 bussinesses! Look at Newsday and quickfacts.cenus.gov/qfd/...36119.html. Seaford was cut 2.2 million got back $900,000 still got cut $1.3 million with only 15,000 residents to make up that difference. There is no way you can compare Seaford to Westchester! All facts should be posted!!!!!
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 07:00 PM
I think you might find this Article interesting. It shows how our tax money goes to upstate and their children get more State Aid per child. Www.rockinst.org/.../2011-12-Giving_an...
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 08:21 PM
You can also check out the Patch story New York State vs the people of Seaford and Wantagh 2011-2012 where it shows Wantagh getting $250 more per child in State Aid then Seaford! It's time to fight Albany!!
Lorraine DeVita May 08, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Annmarie- the point is not abut who got what- even though you like to make excuses for poor little neglected unfairly compensated Seaford SD. . . the ENTIRE point of the matter that i am adresssing and which this entire topic was about in case you forgot - is simply WHAT they DO with WHAT they HAVE. REGARDLESS of what they have they MAXIMIZE efficencies. Do we get our fair share hell no,thats not the issue I am addressing , nor what Beekay asked now was it. lmao-- poor misguided excusemaker. Perhaps Wantagh is getting MORE because of the additional monies for implementing full day kindergarten? the one time aprrox 600k grant? And while i agree this disparity in AIDe across NY state needs to be addressed we ALSO need to TACKLE (football term) the inefficiencies we DO have contol over. We need to do both, but focus on the things we CAN control. .. Especically since any changes in albany arent coming anytime soon IF ever. NO lawmaker or politican is going to support revoking the Triboro or Taylor law because the Union's MONEY carries more weight then any single rebellious voter block. MONEY talks and the tapxayers donthave the money to turn the tide against the unions lobby..so you make changes, adapt and prepare and plan to do MORe with less. And by the way WHO voted against commerical development in Seaford many moons ago, WHO used up the reserves, and who established a 20 million hole it the ground when we passed the bond issue? Wasnt Albany and sure as heck wasnt the neighboring SD's hmmmmmmmmmmm seems to be the VOTERs of Seaford. Cant Blame or be jealous of others for being a wee bit more realistic and proactive and Judicious in their spending or int heir commnity development and planning.
Annmarie Lynch May 08, 2013 at 09:41 PM
The point is we are a small town we do not have enough residents or business to make up the difference in State Aid! The UTS and the residents who wrote letters to the State to get our funding back did a great job!!! It's a step in the right direction and it is a fair budget! This attitude you have of blaming everyone is helping no one! If you want people to follow you lose the insults and the long boring posts! I think I made my point and can now put this issue to bed!
Cheap Sam May 08, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Wow...what a box of rocks. She just doesn't get it. I could only imagine the misguided funds that occurred with Save Seaford Sports. It's not the amounts, it's the principles and allocation of said amounts. Get it now? Jeez. I applaud the efforts to explain but it's not getting through.
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 06:22 AM
Cheap Sam your the one who doesn't get it! Your an ignorant person!
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Seaford Budget Hearing today at 7:30 pm at the Seaford High School.
BeeKay May 09, 2013 at 07:32 AM
Thanks Annmarie, I plan on attending. In addition, the district has been doing a much better job the past few years making the proposed budget information available online to anyone and everyone. Go to the district website>Click link on top-right corner relating to budget. There you can access a Quicktime Video of tonight's budget hearing (available 5/10), the "Budget Spotlight" newsletter, Budget Proposal by Category, Full Line by Line Proposed Budget, Administrative Compensation Information, Tax Exemption Impact Report, and PILOT Impact Report.
BeeKay May 09, 2013 at 07:36 AM
@LD, you have recently stated (numerous times) that our Tech Director was granted a very generous raise. The report online shows his salary remaining frozen at this year's dollar amount. Which BoE meeting (date, please) was this new salary approved? I would like to FOIL the minutes of that BoE meeting to check on the validity of your claim. Thanks.
BeeKay May 09, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Not sure why two of my posts this morning were deleted. The first post was regarding the district doing a good job posting relevant budget info online for anyone and everyone. Go to the SD website and click on the link in the upper-right corner regarding budget info. There you can watch a video of tonight's hearing (will be available tomorrow), a PDF of the "Budget Spotlight", the Budget Proposal by Category, a full line by line proposed budget proposal, an Administrative Compensation Report, Tax Exemption Impact Report, PILOT Impact Report, along with several NYS links. In addition, everyone should attend one of the two hearings.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Beekay- I received the information from the Inter. Asst Sup of Business - we were given that informaiton At the Budget committee meeting - He corrected ME, when i stated @ 130 his salary was WAY to high- He replied it is not 130 its nearer to 170 with the raise.,two other inviduals one a district employee and another committee member also concured that is was indeed 170+. SO If the Asst. sup of business stated it, then i am not going to question him, he also stated the Asst sup for curriculm got a raise. I TOO would like to see WHO voted on this and exactly how much was given.. cant seem to find it either but he DID state it at the meeting-in front of all of us. it started a rather heated debate. I would also question if it was in a one on one conversation but this BK was discussed in a public committee forum. go figure- The actual contract has not been released yet. either. nor have any "side letters" for ANy Adminsitrators. Side letters are written instruments that detail and bestow non salary assoc. raises, detail "perks in the form of 401s,long term care packages, fiancial incentives, retirement perks, additonal benefits vacation or sick days etc. and are rarely "advertised.
BeeKay May 09, 2013 at 10:20 AM
As per the "Campus Messenger": Hello Seaford School District Residents, this is Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy. We hope this message finds you and your family well and enjoying the comfort of the warmer spring weather. The spring is also the budget voting season for all school districts in New York State. On Thursday evening, May 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the Seaford High School auditorium the Seaford Board of Education and administration will host the annual district budget hearing. We encourage all Seaford residents to attend this meeting to obtain accurate information concerning the proposed 2013-2014 Seaford School District budget, prior to the May 21st budget vote. If this date in not convenient, the Board and administration will give a second presentation on Tuesday evening, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaford Fire House on Southard Avenue. We hope you will take the time to join us for one of these information sessions. For detailed information concerning the budget proposal please visit the district’s website at: www.seaford.k12.ny.us. A Budget Spotlight brochure will be mailed to every Seaford residence in advance of the May 21 vote. Thank you for your attention and we look forward to seeing you at our Budget Hearing.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 10:21 AM
The only thing i can agree with Annmarie about is to encourage anyone with questions or concerns to attend the budget hearing. And a heads up to those who dont hover over the Sd website or do not have children- Which in this community is a growing MAJORITY of residents - it is imperative that ALL residents VOTE- ONE thing I am VERY happy to hear about is the state utlizing HUD funding to stablize the tax base in sandy devastated communites. IF this is actually implemented it will hopefully help contain property taxes from going even HIGHER than anticipated for those who would have to pick up the SLACK casued by storm effected properties and businesses being devalued .
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 10:36 AM
@ beekay- If you dont already know this , Line by Line budgets are fine to review and help people get a grasp- however one word of caution- Those lines are not written in stone - Monies can and ARE moved around at the boards discretion - we ARPPROVe a total dollar amount we dont approve line item spending . After a budget is passed the total amount of money, except for fixed items like TRS etc. can be shifted from one line to another, and amounts under 5k can be shifted without the boards approval and without the publics knowledge. in theory and practice if the Sup wants to fund something that was only originally allotted a small dollar initialy he can move money from any budget code to another if it is under 5k he doesnt need approval and he can move monies from SEVERAL budget codes into another one as long as those INDIVIDUAL amounts dont total 5k or more. Again we approve a total amunt we dont approve specific line items - Those line items are an OUTLINE -What they DO with that total amount is subject to change and is within the scope of their fiduciary responsibilty. There are exceptions that need voter referendums which include policy changes increasing costs, , ie transportation - like adding busing for early classes or activites.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 10:53 AM
one thing this Sd doesnt do is provide documentation in the form of PO's, bills , warrants and checks written- Again i specifically Asked for these from Mr Philips - This allows one to see the actual expenditures from intitial request to payment - Many Sd's do provide this information for the public in list form attached to BOE meeting minutes so the general public has access to view how the money is being spent . I have asked this Sd in writing to provide this transparency to us. I have also asked this Sd to abide by OML by making the unabridged meeting minutes available with the two week allotted manadtory time frame as we were several MONTHs in arrears. when I discussed this with BC and the district clerk i was informed the SD policy was only to post abridged approved mniutes. I referred him to their own counsel for opinion and was happy to see the last BoE agenda included ALL meeting minutes to get us up to speed. Also included was a list of warrants, but no details as to what the warrants were or what the checks cut were for. There is progress and i applaud the changes. and encourage them to continue to be more transparent. The more WE know the more we can make informed decisions. BK to answer you next question you can go look at Jerichos BOE minutes, they list everything from cradle to grave. That community is on those expenditures like white on rice. We should be doing the same.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 11:59 AM
@beekay- THANK you! - it seems we need to congratulate Mr Conboy for his 25 k INCREASE in "benefits" over last years reported 40k benefit line. Same to Mr striffilino- for his increase in salary and "benefits" And as to Mr Kaden- seems this is the reported ESTIMATE and does not detail "benefits" as of 5-01-13 and exactly WHEN does his contract expire? Wish you all understood WHAT you were reading ... Makes things a little easier --
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 12:10 PM
We all know that there are more changes that need to be done! Thanks to the UTS it is a step in the right direction! I agree we can lose a superintendent but voting no is not going to change that! You also have to look at the whole picture and place some of the blame on State cuts! It's not all one sided! We can't make a change until their contracts are up! Everybody is trying to make it work and they did come up with a reasonable budget! The way you can change the BOE is to vote them out! Go to the meeting tonight and get any of your questions answered! Lorraine you know a no vote means more teachers and programs will go!
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Annmarie i am sooo trying not to lose you on this but the simple truth is - A) we DONT need to lose an adminsitrator POSITION - we are where we should be in HEAD count for SUPS and ASSt SUPS. We need to INSURE the PEOPLE we HAVe in those positions are the RIGHT people -with the expereince, expertise and qualifications work ethic & ingegrity NEEDED to take us to the NEXT level and make the changes we desparately need. you all know my thoughts onthat so will not beat a dead horse to death on WHO and WHY. Personally i dont like being BLATANTLY LIED to by ANYONE. And I dont play semantics with words when it comes to RAISES. Our SUPT got a 25k INCREASE! in benefits. last time i checked we dont cover pet insurance and NO has 25 k in DENTAL insurance - So what EXACTLY is that 25K increase in benefits entail? THE 25K no one mentioned in this VERY tight restrictive budget. IF nothing else that annoys me BIG time ESPECIALLY when Ms WiNK the BOE member specifcally called me out and stated i was spreading LIES about CONBOY getting a raise ...HE even stated he didint get a raise. . 25k MORE in ANY shape, size or form no matter how you splice and dice is STILL a raise ! Personally ANNMARIE they should have tied the SUPERINTENDENTS contract to the VOTE! Then we might GET somewhere!
Cheap Sam May 09, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Sure AnnMarie...I will waltz into the meeting...walk up to the podium and let them have it. But first I must state my full name and address and then after I'm done, sit back and watch my kids get ostracized when they go back to school. Don't think that's not what happens. It's human nature. Grades, Awards, Nominations, down the tubes. Good idea though!
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 01:08 PM
That cheap sam is why you pass your list of questions/concerns to ME..becaseu you are 100% corrent they will take it out in one form or another on your kids.
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Lorraine I am done you should review all your post especially the one where you say we have too many superintendants! You repeat and repeat yourself! This town is full of educated people who know how it works.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 01:29 PM
NO annmaire- I STATED VERY CLEARLY we have too many adminisitrative personnel- There is a VAST difference between CLERICAL / MANGERIAL ADMINSITRATIVE personnel and ADMINISTRATORS. We only have ONE SUPERINTENDENT and yes i think we should LOSE the one we have - if you are going to quote me on anything..quote me on THAT. BTW obviously you are NOT one of the those "in the know"! lol..
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I know that the reason you won't run for the Board is because no one will vote for you. You are a master at twisting the truth and changing stories to suit your needs and lets not forget a bully! Which is against school policy! Write what you want I just realized I am dealing with nobody.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Annmarie-this seems to be soooooooooooooooo appropo - Perhaps you need to on work upgrading what Howard Bloom calls- “the group IQ". "Collective intelligence can be encouraged "to overcome 'groupthink' and individual cognitive bias in order to allow a collective to cooperate on one process—while achieving enhanced intellectual performance.” George Pór defined the collective intelligence phenomenon as "the capacity of human communities to evolve towards higher order complexity and harmony, through such innovation mechanisms as differentiation and integration, competition and collaboration." Atlee and Pór state that "collective intelligence also involves achieving a single focus of attention and standard of metrics which provide an appropriate threshold of action". Their approach is rooted in Scientific Community Metaphor. Atlee and Pór suggest that the field of collective intelligence should primarily be seen as a human enterprise in which mind-sets, a willingness to share and an openness to the value of distributed intelligence for the common good are paramount, though group theory and artificial intelligence have something to offer. Individuals who respect collective intelligence are confident of their own abilities and recognize that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of any individual parts needed.Maximizing collective intelligence relies on the ability of an organization to accept and develop "The Golden Suggestion", which is any potentially useful input from any member. "Groupthink" often hampers collective intelligence by limiting input to a select few individuals or filtering potential Golden Suggestions without fully developing them to implementation.


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