There is a Public Meeting on Tuesday Nov 13th

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Public Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Marlboro High School.
The Superintendent of Schools will be addressing the community with regards to the district’s current economic status, mid-year reductions, and Dynegy (who owes about $23 million in taxes to the Marlboro School District, the Town of Newburgh and Orange County).

Drink the “koolaid” and repeat after me…. “no problem here”

Dynegy auctioning two New York power plants worth 1,693 MW


Birmingham, Alabama (Platts)–25Sep2012/524 pm EDT/2124 GMT 

Dynegy said Tuesday that it is in the process of soliciting bids for two power plants that it operates in New York in a public auction under the jurisdiction of a bankruptcy court.


Bids are due November 1 for the 1,200-MW Roseton plant and the 493-MW Danskammer plant. The Roseton plant is currently coal-fired after previous conversions from other fuels, and the Roseton plant burns natural gas and oil. Proceeds from the sale will benefit creditors and lease note holders, Dynegy spokeswoman Katie Sullivan said.


The auction will take place under the jurisdiction of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Poughkeepsie Division. Blackstone Advisory Partners will handle the auction.


Fifty percent of the proceeds of the sale will go to lease note holders, with the other 50% to go to all other unsecured creditors. Under Dynegy’s plan of emergence, the estate has $200 million in cash to disburse to creditors, but most of the creditors will be repaid with equity, thus wiping out $4 billion of debts. The overall compensation will be a small percentage of what is owed creditors. PSEG, which has a $110 million tax indemnity claim, will be repaid a percentage of that in the form of equity.


Meanwhile, three environmental groups have asked New York regulators to request an analysis of reliability issues and infrastructure upgrades that would be needed if the two plants in Newberg, New York, are retired. The organizations cited concerns that it could have problems if Dynegy is unable to find a buyer for the two generating stations and they are shut down.


Source: http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/3340470

Circuit breaker

“Cap vs Circuit breaker video…very cute..and accurate …please pass it around to as many people as possible…there’s a lot of confusion out there…people think the cap will cap their own taxes…it won’t!


A short movie about how the proposed Tax Cap in New York State will hurt taxpayers, and why we need a circuit breaker instead.


The Vicious Cycle, snapshots from the past.

I have collected a few flyers from Marlboro residents that unequivocally hit on most of the points we have been trying to make our community aware of in these last two years. Thanks to those who have contributed. This one is edited for brevity. Change the dates, the amounts, and swap Central Hudson for Dynegy and you’ll see the dynamics haven’t changed, for us taxpayers:

“… Do you know that Marlboro school teachers are the highest paid teachers in Orange and Ulster County but have the smallest class sizes. Of 3,241 counties in the United States Ulster is in the top 10 in teachers salaries, with Marlboro the highest, yet are near the bottom on student achievement. The median salary for Marlboro teachers is $59,502, while median salary for Marlboro tax payers is $21,000. Median salary for professors with PHD’S (sic) IS $48,000. Eighty of the 171 teachers in Marlboro receive over $60.000 for the 1997-98 school year, which consists on 182 days, with the highest paid receiving $74,546, excluding benefits. If a teacher opts out of the medical because his/her mate has coverage, that individual receives a percentage in cash. Medical insurance is paid in full by the School District (us taxpayers)…

… Many teachers talk about being in the profession for retirement plans, salary increases, health benefits and all other percs (sic) including the short number of days worked per year – they do not include teaching children as one of the priorities. We have teachers who barely passed both high school and college who are now ‘teaching’ our children. What is (sic) the criteria for hiring teachers in the Marlboro school system… … This of course does not include all teachers. We have a small minority who have dedicated and pride themselves on the ability to bring out the best in a student…

… Central Hudson has been paying 60% of our school taxes… …This year alone they have received a two million dollar devaluation of their assessment. This devaluation will continue until (they) will be paying only about 5% of our taxes. The teachers salaries have been flying ever upward on CH’s coattails. Do you, the taxpayer, feel you can pay 50 to 75% more school taxes than you are now paying? I know I can’t and not only senior citizens but many of our young people will be losing their homes because greedy teachers insist on more astronomical raises. Those receiving $60,000+/yr will at the end of five years receive $81,000+/yr. Marlboro Teachers Union President Joe Pesavento said these raises will not impact taxpayers. Where does he think these monies are coming from?…

… I am asking the administration and school board to pull negotiations off the table – no raises for at least the next five years (including step raises) until we know what Central Hudson’s devaluation impact will be on our taxes, – teachers must pay a percentage of their medical – they must raise their level of teaching abilities – starting salaries no more than $25,000 to $28,000 based on certification. – no more nepotism or favoritism. We have to break the chain of relatives and friends hired only because they are relatives and friends… … Also, under no circumstances should any new hires be related to teachers presently in the system…

… Re-election to school board… …Stephen Adamshick – who wants to continue wise money management, that can only be attained by demanding Marlboro teachers exert every effort to help our children reach their highest potential. We must demand teachers begin earning their already astronomical salaries…”

Mildred A. Markonic

Public Budget Hearing – May 11th, 2010

Public Budget Hearing – May 11th, 2010
Marlboro Intermediate School
7:30 P.M.

School Budget Vote – May 18th, 2010
Marlboro Elementary Gymnasium
6:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Orange-Ulster Boces budget for 2010-11 is $99 million

Tomorrow’s Board Meeting includes the vote for the ORANGE-ULSTER BOCES ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET for 2010-11.

Resolved that the Board of Education, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools approves the Board of Cooperative
Educational Services Administrative Budget in the amount of $4,326,329
for the 2010-11 school year.

The March 18th BOCES presentation:

$99 million for some 7,000 students. The Administrative Budget increase is 2.8% (tuition increase is 2.88%. Administrative increase is 14.61% including retirement).

Per student cost for next year is $9492

The budget is shared by all schools following the RWADA (Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance).

Framework of a BOCES Administrative Budget

A BOCES Budget differs from a school district budget in several ways. The best way to
understand the BOCES budget is to look at it in pieces. There are three categories: the Administrative
Budget, the Capital & Rental Budget and the Program Budgets.

The Administrative Budget includes the personnel and related expenses for the Central
Administration. This includes the salaries and benefits for the District Superintendent, three Assistant
Superintendents, their clerical staff as well as office supplies and equipment. Other contractual expenses
include such services as auditing, liability insurance, retiree health, conferences and postage for the
Administrative operations.

The Administrative Budget receives its income from each component district using a State
Education Department-developed formula known as RWADA (Resident Weighted Average Daily
Attendance). Based upon student attendance (a measure of enrollment), each district pays a proportional
amount based on their share of the total RWADA. Therefore, larger districts pay a larger share while
smaller districts pay a smaller share of the Administrative costs.

The Administrative Budget is voted on each year by members of the component school districts’
Boards of Education. This year the administrative budget vote will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010.