Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Control board officials warned school board of "fiscal emergency"

Buffalo control board officials presented a dismal financial report of the district projected four-year  finances as a "fiscal emergency" at the School Board meeting Wednesday night.
They mention  as one of the few resources available  "the $70 million set aside to cover the cost it could face if it loses a lawsuit from the teachers union seeking compensation for years when teachers did not receive step pay increases."
And control board officials  balked at the idea of a state financial audit of the schools  Board President Ralph Hernandez mentioned he might ask his School Board colleagues to support him in asking the state to perform.
The  public wants to know why is it the district continues to pursue the issue of the teacher steps in court? Why not just enter into contract negotiations with the teachers' union settle the matter once and for all instead of dragging it through the courts?  
Teachers denied their contractual steps after the wage freeze  the district instead went to court knowing they wouldn't succeed. That's why the  district set aside the $70 million. Yet  money the district could use to offset this "fiscal emergency" instead is used to pay for unnecessary  expensive legal fees to maintain a futile court battle.

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