Clarkstown School District quality

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I don't know where else to post this, so I'm doing it here. I'm new to Clarkstown - we moved here less than 6 months ago. We moved in part because we heard this was a great district in Rockland County; we have 2 children (one special-needs), and we wanted a district that would be great for both of them. 
I have been following the whole Congers Elementary bond issue with great interest the last few months. I joined the Clarkstown Parents to Save Schools facebook group, and I constantly find myself amazed by the amount of knowledge and passion these parents show. 
The Congers issue is extremely emotional, and I can literally feel the frustration and anger from both sides when they write. As a newcomer to the district, I am dismayed, however, when I keep reading in the comments about how this district is going downhill. My question - are things really that bad? Where were these voices when we were house-hunting? 
I feel naive asking this question, but I am serious. Are people generally unhappy with this district? Is it really losing a lot of programs and services? I just want to feel some reassurance that we made the right decision for our kids.
Thank you for reading this. I would appreciate any serious answers.  
Rock1nRockland February 03, 2014 at 03:35 PM
I hear what you are saying, but I think the frustration with Morton comes from the fact that as Superintendent, he's supposed to be the guy who steers the ship. So for him to put out any recommendation without having already conferred with Mr. Fucci casts an feeling of incompleteness on his potential plan. It's great that the BOE is committed to the children... It would be odd if they weren't. Let's just hope that whatever happens tomorrow, everyone can rally together for a complete future plan.
sbinder February 04, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Charles you need to do some research. A 2008 Journal News survey showed Clarkstown teachers to be the 2nd lowest paid in the county. The district also has the reputation as the toughest in the county to gain tenure. I'm not complaining(and most teachers don't) that they should get more. There are many issues involved here and they all should be strongly considered in whether to vote yes or no. However the constant demonizing of teachers by some here is sad. http://www.lohud.com/article/99999999/DATABASE04/80111001/School-salaries-Teachers-superintendents-more
Charles Clewsow February 04, 2014 at 12:55 PM
If we had years of 6-7% tax increases in a very low inflationary period and the money did not go for the school physical plant then it had togotoward school employees! salaries! medical and pensions. Pointing to other highly paid employees for comparison is not productive.
sbinder February 04, 2014 at 01:04 PM
well business people are always talking market market market! The fact is Clarsktown is paying teachers BELOW market value for the area. How much lower do they need to go to satisfy you? Pay cuts every year?
Overtaxed February 04, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Teacher salaries and pensions are BY FAR the largest expense of the district.


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