Remsen residents weigh in on rejected school budget


REMSEN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Residents of Remsen filtered into the Highschool cafeteria on Thursday, to voice their opinions about what they believed was an unfair budget plan.

The Remsen Central School District was the only district in our area to have a rejected spending plan, failing by a 170 to 141 vote on Tuesday.

The meeting went on for more then an hour with opinions flying high and voices going up octaves at times.

Dick Phelps, a resident for 76 years is opposed to the spending plan and believes most of the money is going to the teachers.

"Everyone is entitled to a good education but every year more money is going for educational service, the instructors and they are are already making 30-40,000 more then everybody else in the area."

Phelps says he thinks the salaries of Remsen teachers evolved years ago and are now impossible to break.

Interim superintendent Carl Klossner says he is going to make changes to the budget.

"We are going to change it. My belief as a Superintendent is, if you get a no vote as we did, If we don't change it somehow and come back with a lower budget, then the question I would like to hear is, what part of no did you not understand?" Klossner said.

The school district officials will have some work to do to create a plan that will make everyone happy. The preliminary budget will be posted on the June 4 as mandated followed by a public hearing on June 11th at 6 p.m.

One week later on June 18 the public will be able to vote for the revised budget between 1 and 8 in the evening.

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