Letters for the week of 4/4

F-M school board should follow J-D’s lead

To the editor:

The Jamesville-DeWitt District recently announced that it would not be replacing an assistant superintendent who is retiring. The J-D Board of Education and administration are to be commended for this decision, given these challenging economic times, during which school districts struggle to formulate budgets that are fiscally sound and that maintain as much of the instructional program as possible.

In contrast, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District recently announced the retirement of an elementary principal and advertised the vacancy in the Post-Standard classified section. The district currently employs a superintendent and four assistant superintendents, two of which have experience as elementary principals. According to a recent report on enrollment trends in CNY districts, the student population of F-M is declining and the budget for the current year and the proposed budget for 2012-13 contain reductions in teaching and support staff to reflect this. Neither budget reduces administrative staffing at any level! Is the public to believe that these positions are sacred?

The reassignment of a district office administrator to the principal vacancy would demonstrate to the F-M school community that the Board of Education and administration are committed to a budget that distributes required savings more evenly throughout the employment ranks.

Craig Simmons, Jamesville

Thank you for contributions to Fayetteville Senior Center

To the editor:

The Fayetteville Senior Center would like to thank everyone in our community who has generously responded with a contribution to our annual appeal.

The mission of the senior center, located at 584 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville, is to provide the seniors of Fayetteville and the neighboring communities programs, nutrition and activities that help to enrich their lives. Daily home cooked meals are offered Monday through Friday for a suggested donation of $3.50. Programs and activities include art classes, a singing group, exercise, and featured speakers or entertainers. Special evening events are planned to provide opportunities for families and those unable to attend during the day.

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