Beacon is "susceptible" to fiscal stress, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says. Others are worse. Beacon's CFO (and interim supe) Quartironi says this stems from use of fund balance to make up for limitations stemming from tax cap. click here for full article
Time Warner Cable Reports with quotes from one of our own: "With the right vision and motivation and input from the community, which is a huge aspect of success in education ... with that, we can actually reinvent Beacon," Merhige said. Watch video here
The district will pay Walkley about $62,900 according to the terms of her resignation, said school board President Melissa Thompson.
Walkley will get a lump sum payment of $45,000, along with payment for 15 ½ unused vacation days – at a rate of $754.32 per day – and payment for 31 days of sick leave at $200-a-day. click here for full article
An article on Philipstown.info puts the focus on our current and past Board. "While current Beacon City Schools Superintendent Barbara Walkley is embroiled in controversy as many parents call for her dismissal, the school system’s issues date back much further than just her tenure" click here for full article
Following last night's Special BOE Meeting a letter was released and will be circulated to parents in the BCSD. This letter, written by current board President Melissa Thompson, seems to place the blame on a "handful of community members". However, the turnout of over 375 community members at the cancelled Jan. 11th BOE meeting tells us otherwise.
The Poughkeepsie Journal Reports: Another Beacon City School District superintendent has resigned and the next person to take over will be the ninth school chief switch the district has had in 10 years. Follow the link for the article and video:
Thank you to all those who came out. Our message was clear.
By Nina Schutzman:
The Beacon High School dining hall was packed with parents and community members tonight, who showed up for a board meeting even though an executive session was the only thing on the menu.
"There's power in numbers," said district mom Jodi McCredo. "Beacon kids deserve better." click here for full article
By Jeff Simms
With no Board of Education present to hear their comments, nearly 400 parents, teachers and concerned citizens packed the Seeger Auditorium at Beacon High School on Monday night, Jan. 11, criticizing a perceived lack of responsiveness from the school board and calling for the dismissal of Superintendent Barbara Walkley. click here for full article
_A few hundred parents and others showed up for a Beacon City School District Board of Education meeting Monday night. There was no meeting, but concerned community members stayed and held one of their own. click here to hear