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School administrators get raises as programs get cut
ELWOOD, N.Y. (WABC) -- There is outrage from parents on Long Island who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.
This as their school programs are cut because of tight budgets, and many administrators are getting big pay raises.
"I'm a full time working mom and I'm going to have to pay 10,000 dollars for private full day kindergarten and it's taxing," said Jami Lynne Denaro, a parent.
The Elwood School District says because of cuts in state funding they just can't afford full day kindergarten next year.
They say they had to hire another assistant superintendent at $185,000 a year.
That's to keep up they say with time consuming state paperwork and mandates.
"If we have to make cuts they should come elsewhere," Denaro said.
The superintendent in Elwood is also getting a raise resulting in a $261,000 a year salary.
The story is similar in Huntington where the superintendent and another top administrator are also getting a slight boost in pay.
The Huntington superintendent Jim Polansky said in a statement to Eyewitness News, "We are working collaboratively with our teachers towards restoring full day kindergarten and having just settled our teachers' contract are much closer to that goal."
Eyewitness News found that across Long Island the superintendents, the assistant superintendents, their assistants, the directors and the deans are getting raises next year.
"They do a very good job. They are supposed to get raises," an official said.
Even while test scores have plateued and student programs are being cut, like in Brentwood where parent April Ortiz says they're cutting art classes.
"I think that it would be in the best interest of the students and the community if the administration and teachers as well would take a step back and make some sacrifices," Ortiz said.
Eyewitness News also checked in with the Central Islip School district.
In the past few years they've laid off dozens of teachers resulting in classroom sizes of about 30 students.
Next year, the superintendent and all three assistant superintendents are all slated to receive raises.
Eyewitness News tried to speak with Superintendent Craig Carr about why they're each getting a raise of about $26,000 next year.
Eyewitness News called as well and he never got back to us.
In two counties that have some of the highest property taxes in the country it makes some people wonder what they are paying for.
"It comes to a point where I can't even live in Islip anymore," said Ana Capers, a Central Islip resident.
Eyewitness News looked at the numbers for next year and all top administrators will be getting slight raise.
But in next year's budget, the Elwood superintendent is slated to make more than $261,000.
"I don't see why we should have anything different. We pay enough taxes just like everybody else," said Denise O'Grady, a resident.
"We need full time kindergarten it will be right for our children. All the other school districts have it and there's no reason why we shouldn't," a resident said.
Check out how much administrators are making at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/admincomp/home.html
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