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At Comsewogue, Aides Will Replace Librarians 1 Day A Week

Librarians will rotate schedules to keep library open every school day.

The budget adopted by the board of education in includes a that will need 60 percent of the vote to pass in May. Despite the tax cap busting increase, the budget still includes plans to curb some services to trim expenses.

One concern brought up in the community has been the cuts to library services spoken about at a recent board meeting.

Libraries will still be open in each elementary school five days a week, according to board member Lance Brown.

“The only difference is that one day a week, the library will be open but not with a librarian, an aide will be there instead,” he explained in an email.

According to Brown, the day of the week and how much time each elementary school will get a dedicated librarian will depend on staffing requirements, class sizes, and scheduling of the individual school. Those decisions are made over the summer.

“For example, if has a librarian staffed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, then on the Wednesday the librarian is not at Clinton, he/she may go and staff another school's library,” Brown said in a post on a popular Comsewogue Community Facebook page. “It will be done on a rotating basis.”

A. Galanopoulos April 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
While the developing world is augmenting their school and public libraries with new buildings and qualified staff, North American libraries, of all categories, are doing the opposite. These regressive & detrimental moves will eventually impact N. America's ability to compete in a global economy!
Americanivory April 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
So if the tax cap is 2.6% and the board passed a budget of 4.5%, what is the tax cap for??? Dr. Rella could reduce the budget ALOT by cutting the fat in administration, do we really need all the supers, asst. supers, asst to the assts? Do we need so many secretarys? Come on Dr. Rella get rid of what we don't need, give the children a real education (which I believe my tax money is supposed to be paying for in the first place) and get a real life budget!!! Cut the fat from your office - do all these extra, non-educators need to be making these unrealistic salaries (with fantastic benefits) and then people blame the teachers!! I say enough is enough - we have stupid kids, and apparently stupid tax payers who just keep passing these assinine budgets and letting Dr.Rella and his buddys feed off of us!
PJS2003 April 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Americanivory....you do realize that the board is putting the 4.5 and it has to pass by a 60% majority to be put effect? It is not a done deal, go out and vote it down if you feel that strongly. When/If that is shot down they the community revotes on the 2.6. Personally, I don't think the higher budget has a snowballs chance in hell of passing and we will be at a capped or 0 percent budget in the end. I am a little confused who all the "non-educators making unrealistic salaries" are? I get that you are obviously pissed at this whole budget but, you really need to get a reality check and look into the budget. I am all for reducing costs and cutting budgets while trying to up the quality of education but, your incoherant rants just make you look uneducated and silly.
Lance Brown April 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
As a response to the above, the administration at Comsewogue has cut administrative staff the last 4 years. This year, we are not replacing a technical administrative staff position whose duties will be split among two other staff positions. Also, we received money from the state this year because Comsewogue operates an administrative staff that is below the minimum state requirements for a school our size.
LImomof5 April 27, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I don't think "Americanivory" has ever attended a budget or advisory council meeting or if he/she has, he/she obviously did not listen to much of the discussions at these meetings. Everyone has the right to vote how they feel....but to make inflammatory, completely false and downright nasty statements about our Administration and Dr. Rella is horribly wrong and does nothing to help.
Joan Nickeson April 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM
It is a sad state of affairs.
J April 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Americanivory - speak for yourself when talking about stupid kids. Your comments scream of your ignorance.
TaylorM May 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
It sure is Joan>>>I agree...
TaylorM May 04, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@AmericanIvory,,,I hear your frustration..As a taxpayer we are manipulated (well..not me) into believing that we must keep extending the budget or we will loses this and that. Meanwhile..with all the classes that now have 2 teachers the chlldren are not doing any better. I can remember a time where there was maybe 1 or 2 special ed classes. Now..1/2 of all classes are these inclusion classes etc. Cut the budget and be forced to make cuts like we do in our own homes! I cant wait to vote NO myself.

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