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Letter: Board ignored voters

At the March school district meeting, Chichester voted down what was seen as excessive raises.

Voted down was a contract that would have paid an almost 20 percent salary increase to staff over three years, costing the taxpayers an additional $300,000.

This was a loud and clear message to the school board that 5 percent to 6 percent annual raises was not going to be allowed.

Just a month later, the school board authorized $35,000 in surplus to be given to staff anyway.

During the same time period, parents were sent letters asking for them to provide basic supplies for their children (pencils, crayons and folders), as obviously the school didn’t have the money for them.

State law requires that the board receive authorization from the town before they spend any money and can only re-appropriate funds when “changes arise . . . that make it necessary.”

The board ignored the direction given by the town and indicated its compliance with the law because this pay increase was necessary? Their definition of “necessary” is very different from mine. How about yours?

This is not about staff or even the raises, this is about the board doing what it pleases while disregarding direction given by the town and ignoring the law.

Visit chichestertaxpayers.com for additional information, and please attend the Aug. 14 meeting of the Chichester School Board to voice your opinion to the elected school board.



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