THE TORCH: On-Line May 2008
BUDGET/BOARD VOTE: MAY 20
The third Tuesday
in May marks the annual statewide voting day for school budgets and election of
Board of Education members. KTF Members who have voted in the general election
are registered to vote and should exercise that right wherever they reside. In
The proposed budget is for $137,615,402, a tax levy increase of 3.14%. If the budget is defeated, a contingency budget would reduce spending by $1.87 million.
There are three (3) Board of Education seats open for three year terms. Longtime Board Trustee Ian Horowitz is not seeking reelection, but Trustees Maureen Bowers and the Rev. A.L. Costen are running, along with eight (8) other candidates. Given the time constraints between filing deadlines and the KTF Directors meeting, no interviews were held by the KTF. Based on their voting records, the KTF supports the two incumbents.
Members are urged to attend ‘Meet the Candidates’ events and, most importantly, determine who the candidates are who should NOT be supported among the remaining eight. Then either ‘bullet vote’ the two incumbents or add a third supportive candidate.
Polling places are open from 7 am to 9 pm. As before, the KTF will check voting day registration lists with the full expectation that every KTF member will vote.
COMMITTEE OF 100
The agenda is
based on current bills being considered, the education budget, and resolutions
adopted in NYSUT committee meetings at the annual Representative Assembly. For
a complete list of past, present, and pending legislation, go to: www.nysut.org and click on the ‘
The State Commission on Property Tax Relief is expected to release a proposal for a property tax cap on May 22, 2008.To demonstrate the impact of a property tax cap on school district revenues, the NYSUT Research and Educational Services Department has developed an online worksheet to estimate the cumulative impact in each school district if a tax cap had been implemented in 2005. The worksheet assumes the cap for each year would be the lesser of 120% of the Consumer Price Index or 4%; this is the current standard for developing a contingency budget. Here are the projected caps for the 4 years:
2005-06: 3.24% , 2006-07: 4.00% , 2007-08: 3.84% ,2008-09: 3.36%
Statewide, the estimated impact of a tax cap over the last four years would be a revenue loss to districts $1,544,745,279.
High property taxes do need a resolution. Some argue that school aid should be based on income tax, as the states and the federal government both use this method of financing. Opponents argue that incomes vary and in a bad economic cycle, the school aid would dissipate.
NYSUT favors a ‘circuit breaker’ solution that would target aid to the low and moderate income homeowners who need it most, especially seniors. Regardless, some change appears to be on the immediate horizon.
Other lobbying topics include the 25/55 Year retirement Program, the establishment of a Permanent Health Insurance Moratorium, Benefit Enhancement/Service Credit for Tier III and IV members, Permanent COLA Improvements, A New Disability Retirement Formula for Tier II, III, and IV members, a moratorium on districts with charter school saturation, and a number of other workplace issues.
If you are retiring member of the teachers unit, you are reminded that to receive payment for unused sick days, your letter of retirement/resignation is due to the Superintendent by Thursday, May 15.
All retiree for 2008 will be recognized in the June Torch and at the Apple Gala XV.
MOORE SICK DAY BANK* GUIDELINES
*Available to KTF Teacher Unit members.
The Committee is chaired by: Glenn Gallagher (GW)
Committee members: Joe Previll (Cioni Admin.), Kathy Murphy(GW), and Jim Mooney(KHS).
*Teacher Unit members may access the bank only when all of their available sick days have been exhausted.
ENROLLMENT: Members must submit a form donating at least a day to the bank. When a drive is held, another day must be donated. If your donated day is used, you do not have to donate another day at that time. Members returning from a semester’s leave must rejoin the bank.
application form, along with a medical doctor’s (MD) note, addressing the
illness or disability, the medical necessity involved, duration, and expected
date of return, and sent via
Members may use up to 50 days per school year, in any grouping, from the bank. Days can be awarded only for personal illness, not for family illness. The member should notify the District Personnel Office when they are accessing the Moore Sick Day Bank.
The BMI, (Body Mass Index), os one way to determine whether or not a person is overweight. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight ( in kilogram’s) by his or her height (in meters, squared). BMI can also be calculated by multiplying weight (in pounds) by 705, then dividing by height (in inches) twice.
WHAT IS A HEALTHY BMI?
A person with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered to be a healthy weight. A person with a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered to be overweight. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of disease by 50% to 150%.
Please destroy old cards that have 10 digits or has a last digit preceded by more than three zeros.
STUDENT GRADUATING? All parents with a dependent child graduating from college must notify the Trust Office and obtain a Change of Status form indicating the following: 1.) Child’s Name; 2.) Graduation Date; and 3.)Child’s Dependent Status. This information will determine how long the child’s coverage will remain in effect in 2008. NHAI coverage and the HMO’s coverages are different.
Medical, prescription, and dental coverage ends before 12/31/2008 if the child: A.)Joins the military (including ROTC assignment); B.)Becomes employed with health and /or dental insurance benefits; or C.)marries.
It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the Trust Office of the child’s status at graduation as well as again by August 31 of the fall semester to continually establish a child’s continued eligibility for coverage.
SUMMER TRAVEL:With the summer
travel season upon us, members are reminded that if they intend to travel
If members or their dependents plan to travel to war
zones, you should also be aware that benefits may be denied due to injuries
incurred as a result of an act of war, such as a suicide bomber in such
Foreign Travel (Outside the
Paid at 80% after $250 copay (waived if admitted within 24 hours)
Only emergency treatment is covered while
traveling, up to a maximum of six (6) weeks outside the
If you’re traveling this summer and will be away when a prescription is due, an Rx override waiver can be obtained. Contact NHAI Compliance at:1-800-645-1195. Information can be faxed to:1-770-874-1097.
www.Rx.NYHealth.gov-A list of local pharmacies and the cost of drugs at their pharmacy.