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Memphis resident: 'I will vote no' to J-E budget

I will vote "no" on the Jordan-Elbridge 2012-13 budget proposal and bus Propositions -- "yes" on the library budgets.

One year ago, Dr. Rick Timbs, the financial analyst for Bernard P. Donegan, Inc. overseeing the J-E capital project and Executive Director of the New York School Finance Consortium, was a featured speaker at the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District budget hearing. Timbs painted a bleak picture of district finances and indicated that it may well run out of money in a couple of years.

The budget Timbs said was probably “the best that taxpayers were going to get” was overwhelmingly defeated. A revised budget reduced the defeated budget by almost $600,000. No money was missing!

The three-year total for expenses associated with the shenanigans of the past is approaching $2 million. The employee who was suspended 675 days ago doesn’t even have a date for his disciplinary hearing to begin. Another employee was suspended 600 days ago. The principal involuntarily relocated for two years was just appointed as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Director of Special Education. How many dollars did this cost the taxpayers and the employee?

Questionable statements made to an accrediting agency (see Auburn Citizen, Jordan-Elbridge resident: Independent investigation turn 180 degrees, April 15, 2012) and the New York Education Department, a spate of student bullying at the high school, and the lack of answers at the budget hearing warrant further investigation by the media.

For an in-depth explanation of why I will vote NO, see my website: glennfried.com.

I believe the students, teachers, staff, and our community deserve better.

Glenn Fried, Memphis

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