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LETTER: $50,000 throw-away

To the editor:

I am a retired senior citizen with a very limited income, like many others in the B’ville school district. I faithfully pay all my taxes, including school taxes. I am extremely upset and yes “horrified” that the Baldwinsville School Board decided to pay the Baldwinsville superintendent $50,000 to notify them of her future retirement “just so they have more time to look for candidates”. It makes you wonder if the board is really qualified to look for candidates. How totally ludicrous. No financial reward should be given or should be necessary.

The superintendent already receives a very substantial salary of $185,464 plus benefits of $53,630 and an additional $7,400 under “Other” totaling $246,494 a year. What is other? I understand you have to pay a certain amount to be able to hire qualified people in the school system, but this additional $50,000 is going too far. How dare they squander our hard earned taxpayer dollars? Especially at a time when programs and jobs are being cut because of budget restraints and all our taxes are being increased. People on Social Security are lucky to get a one percent raise and then Medicare insurance is raised so we really get nothing.

I would respectfully and strongly suggest that the school board withdraw this incentive (even if it means they might lose a little face) and make this a standard statement in all school contracts that people must notify the board of their planned retirement at least six months or one year ahead of that time.

Diane Bowes

Baldwinsville

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