More layoffs at the Bayonne school district

first_img× The Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) continued its round of layoffs and demotions at a meeting on February 28 in an effort to cut costs amid a reported $2 million budget deficit that increases by $6,000 every day, and is expected to balloon to $6 million by July, according to BBOED Board President Joseph Broderick.After 16 district employees were laid off and six others demoted at January’s meeting, BBOED trustees voted to lay off two teachers and a guidance counselor, while two assistant principals and the Athletic Director were reassigned, saving the district about $42,000 this fiscal year. The layoffs are effective May 1, eight weeks before the end of the fiscal year on July 1.Director of Athletics, John Calcaterra, was reassigned to teach physical education and health at John M. Bailey Community School, while the current physical education teacher was terminated.Nicholas Oresko School Assistant Principal Tara Furmaniak was reassigned to the position of guidance counselor at the same school, displacing the current guidance counselor.Henry E. Harris Community School Vice Principal Brian Belton was reassigned to teach art, displacing and terminating the current art teacher.Trustees Carol Cruden, Mary Jane Desmond, and Christopher Munoz all voted against the layoffs, with Munoz citing the $42,000 saved in salary as futile in the face of the millions of dollars the district would need.Stay tuned to the Bayonne Community News for the full in-depth report on the meeting.last_img read more

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Polarization is hurting our country

first_imgThe polarization of politics is detrimental to our nation. There is a surprisingly large group of people that believes capitalism is good and socialism is bad. The reality is both economic systems have negative and positive aspects. Capitalism is based on profit and greed, which can be very negative for the workers, like what was experienced during the Gilded Age. Capitalism is positive because it rewards work and innovation and has been credited for our prosperity and growth.Socialism has been criticized as discouraging innovation. Socialism has been criticized for taking money from hard-working people and giving money to unproductive people. On the positive side, socialism provides the help for people in need.Our economy has changed over the decades. Because of globalization, there has been a large influx of imports that have taken jobs away from our economy. Automation has also eliminated jobs. It’s projected that 40 percent of current jobs will be replaced by automation in the future. Objectively, there aren’t enough jobs for everyone now and the situation won’t improve significantly in the future. The unemployment numbers only count the people who are actively looking for a job and don’t count people who are underemployed (part-time) or have given up looking for a job.A social safety net has become absolutely necessary in our present-day society. The only question is how to finance it and to what extent. The middle class seems to have solved the finance part as corporation and the top 1 percent receives the real tax cuts.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Boris Johnson delays reopening of casinos in England

first_img UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Casinos in England are facing further delays in reopening their doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the government will ‘squeeze that brake pedal’ in slowing down the spread of COVID-19.A number of venues, including casinos, were due to reopen on 1 August as the country began to ease restrictions. However, following a spike in cases across Greater Manchester and other northern cities, the reopening of such venues is delayed ‘by at least a fortnight’.During a Downing Street press conference, chief medical officer Chris Whitty explained that the country has ‘probably reached or neared the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up society’.Reacting to the news, Betting and Gaming Council CEO Michael Dugher raised concerns over potential job losses.Posting on Twitter, he said: “There is no evidence that casinos are ‘higher risk’ venues + what happened to the Govt’s local lockdown strategy? Why should a casino business remain closed in Bristol in the south west where Covid is low, because there’s a spike in Greater Manchester? Big threat to jobs.”It comes after the BGC criticised the government for failing to provide clarity over the reopening of casinos, claiming that it was an ‘inconsistent and nonsensical’ decision to keep doors closed.Every casino in the country has been closed since March 23 as part of the national effort to tackle the spread of the virus, with operators said to have been ‘working around the clock’ to ensure premises and operations adhere to guidelines. Submit Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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