Governor Patterson’s proposed 2009-10 budget cuts aid to schools . . . about nine percent in theLoop area . . .
Actually, exactly nine percent for Mamaroneck, Rye Neck, Rye and Scarsdale schools, all of which are classified as "low need" districts. New Rochelle, described as "average need", would take a 8.86% cut. Dollarwise, here’s what that means: Mamaroneck -$481,598; Rye Neck -$139,905; Rye – $226,613; Scarsdale – $338,663; and New Rochelle -$388,663.
Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried expressed his concern and disappointment: "We worked on the budget with our Board of Education, staff and community for a very long time last winter, asking for and getting monetary concessions from our teachers and administrators, having our Central Office team take a pay freeze and still being forced to reduce more than 20 positions and increase class size. Now, two months into the school year, with a budget in place, the Governor is proposing that we cut almost a half a million dollars ($481,103) from our budget right now. While we have been concerned about planning for next year’s budget since last year, having an unexpected mid-year budget cut undermines the good work and planning that we did to bring a budget before the community that they could support. I have already contacted George Latimer and Suzi Oppenheimerand know they will bring Mamaroneck’s concerns to Albany."