Mayor Bloomberg’s education reform gave principals control over their school’s budget and the ability to save money for a “rainy day”. With so much press about the dire economy and looming budget cuts, fiscally prudent principals were able to put money aside in anticipation of teacher layoffs and soaring class size.
In mid February, the DOE changed the rules. With only 4 months left in the school year, principals were told that 50% of these “roll-over” funds would be taken away and used to offset system wide cuts. Principals planned ahead to provide for the most pressing needs of our students. Now they are being forced to go on a spending spree and make non-urgent purchases or the money will be lost!
Our principals should not be penalized for making fiscally responsible decisions…they should be rewarded. In the words of Dmytro Fedkowskyj on the Panel for Educational policy: “It’s pouring right now and we’re taking away their umbrella.” Please DON’T TAKE AWAY THEIR UMBRELLA!
Looks like according the local civic leaders, the Aviator is considering have a year round place at the location of the ice rink. Something similar to what is being done in Union Square. Vendors and the like with the availability for community groupds to participate. Something to think about.
Seems that the new owners of Atlas have been speaking with the local electeds and community leaders. Kathy Masi stated that they were very cooperative and seem to have a plan to spruce up and then fill up. Looks like a face lift for 2011 followed by beginning to rent by 2012. They are looking in the direction of banking, medical, etc. Finally a direction. They might even change the name.Aufblasbare Bögen