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April 17, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: In an article on page C-1 of your Friday, April 12, edition it states that the Panama Central School District will be fined $4....

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Apr-20-13 6:54 PM

Guys, Government rejects never get punished for misdeeds. This is why nothing ever gets fixed.

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Apr-18-13 7:26 PM

Someone is lax at their job and the taxpayers are fined for it? Due Process much?

The taxpayers of Panama School District are being punished for a wrongdoing they had no part of and no control over.

Is this still America?

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Apr-18-13 5:17 PM

As the author says, "the students suffer". I agree and that is exactly we should pay those teachers more. We trust teachers wih our most valuable possessions and the pay doesn't match the level of importance that the job demands

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Apr-18-13 6:41 AM

There was plenty of opposition to the building projects, but because Carol Hay, John Ireland, Mark Raynor, etc supported them the administration and the BOE did everything in their power to keep those in opposition from voting on the projects. When one project was voted down, they initiated another vote until approved. The administration hand-picked the candidates for the BOE, as they didn't really want anyone who knew anything to serve on the board. Anyone posing questions was ridiculed throughout the community. Incompetence has been blatant for years at PCSD. To act, as if, all of the blame is NY State is ridiculous and reflects the studpidity of those voters in the district.

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Apr-18-13 5:25 AM

The only way a story like this were to go public in a big way is if the small town newspaper did an in depth story that would be picked up by a more major nes source. Cuomo has no intention of protecting a school district that is not in his voting block. He proves what a piece of work he truly is for not fighting for a truly little guy. What will they cut over the next years? All sports, music all afterschool activities, jobs definetly. We cannot absorb 50,000.00 a year let alone 500,000.00 Also, those that did the paperwork or should are all long gone. You know this sure would be a way to force a merger. Parents will not stay long in a school that overs next to nothing.

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Apr-18-13 1:10 AM

First, the PJ didn't do that good a job reporting, if it all seemed so confusing. Second, the board needs to fire the responsible party if they did make a huge error. They shouldn't be afraid of their own administrators, even though they will probably threaten a lawsuit just to be bullies b

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Apr-17-13 8:12 PM

Do you think there is a grant for me to pay my taxes?

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Apr-17-13 5:48 PM

Tim is simple (The inmates are running the asylum. How, you ask, did the idiots get there? Well, that's because of stupid voters! We definately need a voters' testing of some kind)

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Apr-17-13 4:28 PM

All schools in NYS were audited by State auditors over the last five years. The State auditors did not catch it then. Also, all schools in NYS have an external and internal audit each year and they didn't catch it either. A lot of people seemed to have missed this one. If you read the article you see this isn't really a fine, the State is taking back aid for the years not filed. The Governor and State Ed will not pardon the penalty. I still say if this makes headlines all over the State and Country the Governor will not want this bad publicity and the issue will go away quickly.

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Apr-17-13 4:01 PM

Don't you want to take those "I love NY" slogans and put them, yeah, right there.

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Apr-17-13 11:59 AM

This is NYS at its finest my friend. I dont care if these people are dem or rep. Black, white or purple. The people in this state had better step in before it is way to late. You are looking at corruption at its finest.When things dont make sence there is a reason. Greed and corruption drive madness.

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Apr-17-13 11:16 AM

Millie....wasn't there a budget vote? All of those projects have to be proposed in the budget to be voted on by the public. Either the majority of the community did want those things or those who didn't want them just didn't vote.

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Apr-17-13 10:29 AM

My question is, why did the state wait 10 years to notify the school of the missing paperwork? Sounds to me like they were waiting until the amount of the fine was "to their liking"!! Cuomo should take a drive into the middle of Panama and tell us how he thinks the district is going to pay that's not like it is a large, wealth town. NYS is getting worse by the minute!!

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Apr-17-13 9:30 AM

This situation is indicative of a major problem at PCS, and perhaps other small school districts, where individuals are either hired in or promoted to positions that are beyond their level of competency. My family lived in the district, and my children attended school at PCS, during the reign of Carol Hay. These building projects were not supported by the taxpayers. The administration arrogantly proceeded even though the community did not want it. When an administration and the BOE does not recognize their responsibility of fulfilling the wants of the community that they represent, then why is everyone so surprised when this administration did not satisfy the requirements of the grant award by filing the necessary paperwork.

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Apr-17-13 8:12 AM

We were never told if those responsible for the mess up are still working at the school or if he/they were a previous administration.

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Apr-17-13 8:00 AM

Maybe I read the article wrong but I believe the $500,000 grant is a one time deal. We should all call the governor. It is outrageous to put this burden on the tax payers. Maybe it is time to move.

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Apr-17-13 6:55 AM

Some overpaid lackey in the administration of the school messes up paperwork, and the taxpayers get punished by 5 million dollars?

Punish the loser that didn't do his/her job, not the taxpayers.

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Apr-17-13 6:49 AM

I think the real issue is that the state is imposing a 5 million dollar fine for a paperwork problem. The governor wanted this paid back in 3 years which would completely kill a small school like Panama. It is not a matter of panama not using the money correctly, it was simply a matter of not filing the proper paperwork when finished. All of the funds were used appropriately. The grant essentially allows them time to figure out where they will get the following years payment. I understand that the state has procedures to follow and needs to have some sort of punishment for not following those procedures but 5 mil??? Seems extreme.

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