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Friday, May 22, 2015
'Don't have to be bad to be better'
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Howard Schwach/Herald
Oceanside Schools Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington.

The budget process once took two or three months. Now, Harrington said, “it takes all year round, and it drains both resources and time that could be better spent on educational issues.”

“The conversation has changed because of the tax cap,” she added, saying that “it has placed the schools in an adversarial position with the community and caused the community to be split on budget issues. It has become a 12-month issue.”

“We try and not talk about the B-word until November,” she said with a laugh.

She chided the state for not being more forthcoming on the recent testing controversy and on parents’ opting out of the testing. “It’s unfair to the districts, because I think that more and more parents will opt out of the tests once they see the scores achieved by their children. The state seems to be saying that it’s a problem for the local districts, but they should address it at their level. When we drop below 95 percent of the students taking the test, we’re in trouble, and it’s due to a state problem, not a local problem.”

Harrington promised a transparent administration. “Everybody had the right to ask questions and to get answers to those questions in a reasonable time,” she concluded. “It’s incredible for me to be here, and I’m looking to begin the year on that high note.”

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Sandeep

Only problem with school budget is I am paying the salary and benefits of the current 25 year old teacher, the pension and benefits of the teacher she replaced who is like 52 year old and the pension and benefits of the 80 year old teacher who had the job before the 52 year old.

Very little is left over to pay the actual 25 year old teacher who is teaching and for the kids. Add in the high priced administrators, cost of heating old buildings and insurance and 99% of budget is gone before you start.

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Sandeep

"Phyllis Harrington, superintendent of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, said she did not interpret her budget defeat as a message from voters. How out of touch is this superintendent? Residents (that did not attend many of school functions that happened to take place during the voting) took time from their busy schedules to send the message and she doesn't get it.

She basically drove Oyster Bay schools down the drain that man there send their kids to the catholic HS in town even though they pay 15K in school taxes. When her budget there was voted down she tried to blame the parents.

In Laurel Hollow the town is high Cold Spring Harbor Schools and half Oyster bay schools. People pay like 200K more for identical house in that town if it is Cold Spring Harbor Schools as Oyster Bay schools have a bad rap.

This lady also collects money to be on board of teachers pension fund. Yep that is right. On one hand she claims she is watching the budget, but second job is to jack up teachers pensions.

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