“We taught them self-reliance,” he said, “and now we want to take that away.
“You can’t increase your dollars, your income, but you can control your expenses, and if you look at it realistically and dispassionately, thinking of quality education at an affordable price, you’ll do the right thing.”
C. Joseph Staves, who retired as the district’s long-time athletic director last fall, told the board he regretted suggesting that it cut gymnastics last year.
“We seem to always target and look at the things that the kids like about school, the things that are good for them, the things that bring them to school ... I would recommend that the board give serious consideration to bringing gymnastics back as a varsity and modified sport.”
Plattsburgh resident Suzanne Barton advocated for the music position to be restored to full time.
“Our music department in the City of Plattsburgh reaches over 500 students; that’s a lot of kids,” she said. “It gives them opportunities to grow, to develop all different kinds of skills.”
‘NOT OUT OF WOODS’
Short addressed board members before they voted on either spending plan.
“As much as we did what we could to make this budget not have a lot of anxiety and layoffs, we’re not out of the woods yet financially,” he said.
“And I just throw my caution in there to not be overzealous with adding a lot back into a budget when it sits on a very narrow edge.”
While board member Steven Sullivan voted in favor of the superintendent’s budget proposal, Wachtmeister and fellow board members Amelia Goerlitz, Robert Hall, Steve Krieg and Dr. David Stone, Board President Leisa Boise and Vice President Tracy Rotz voted against it.
Board member Clayton Morris was not present.
‘FORCED BY STATE’