Administration Takes 2-Year Salary Freeze

HHH Board of Education votes to stop step increases between 2012 and 2014.

The Half Hollow Hills Board of Education unanimously voted to freeze salary increases of district administrators for two full years on Monday at .

The resolution will stop all increases for the district's administrators during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Included is a stipulation that there will be no terminations due to budgetary reasons.

Superintendent Kelly Fallon said that the decision is a result of month-long negotiations between the board and the Half Hollow Hills Administrative Association.

Without the freeze, administrators would have seen a 3 percent salary increase each year. The agreement to stop the raises will save the district $1.2 million over the two-year period, the board said at a budget forum on Tuesday.

*This article has been updated.

Martin Cantor January 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
from Marty Cantor..while it is nice that administrators saw fit to negotiate a salary freeze while the rest of us pay higher school taxes, the question that begs is why we need so many school administrators at all..if we consolidated into townwide school districts we could save administrative salaries as well as costs that could be shared with other districts and classrooms, children's education, and teachers would not be impacted as much as if nothing was done. If nothing was done than costs will continue to rise as well as school property taxes..not withstanding the 2% cap which the school board will try to pierce..info on townwide school districts can be found on my web site... www.martincantor.com best to all
Joe Hackley January 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Is that anything like the supposed "freeze" from a couple of years ago, which wasn't really a freeze at all because people like Karnilow's two assistants got raises... including the one who made over $100,000 a year. But the real problem is the amount of administrators on staff... 24 or so if I'm correct. And all of them make 6 figure salaries. Until the district cuts the amount of administrators from the payroll, I'm voting no on the school budget.
Susan burgazzoli January 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
What our community needs right now is a school board who is willing to tackle the tough issues as to WHY do we need so many assisttant superintendents, assistant principals and quite frankly a superintendent that costs us so much money. I still love their press release that said "AFTER A NATIONWIDE SEARCH", yes folks, Karnilow said NATIONWIDE SEARCH, he came up with an assistant superintendent from HHH. No disrespect intended to our new superintendent, just a reminder and a warning to her, that WE, THE RESIDENTS OF HHH, ARE NOT STUPID and willl not take the BS Karnilow dished out for years.
Susan burgazzoli January 25, 2012 at 01:22 AM
BRAVO Joe Hackley - I feel the same way and this year I will actively go door to door to convince our neighbors that until this school district takes this issue seriously, vote NO FOR ALL FUTURE BUDGETS.
Susan burgazzoli January 25, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Can anyone from the school board tell us how much this 'NATIONWIDE SEARCH" cost US?
HHH Parent January 25, 2012 at 04:02 AM
The number of admins in this district exploded during Karnilow's tenure and it looks like the legacy will continue intact under Ms. Fallon. ALL these administrators are required to "maintain the educational experience of our students"....really? Not one administrative position is expendable but 40 teachers are....?
kate January 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
WOW...by the look of the picture, that is one freakin huge board !! Do they need all those people to make decisions??
clearvision January 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Freezing the pay of administrators is appropriate in these difficult economic times when all of us are asked to do more with less. I applaud Kelly Fallon and the board for demonstrating real leadership! However, most of the personnel costs in the district are incurred by TEACHER salaries and benefits. Next the teachers will have to recognize these difficult economic times and also take a pay freeze or agree to other contractual givebacks so that painful layoffs and program cuts can be reduced or avoided. The taxpayers simply cannot afford to continue absorbing monumental annual tax increases. Most residents on my block saw a nearly $1,000. dollar property tax increase last year! Remember, it's about the STUDENTS not the teachers!
John Q. Public January 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM
When was the last time that the salaries of the administrators and teachers were published? Who and what are we paying for?
clearvision January 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I agree! My taxes went up almost $1,000 last year! Vote down any budget that doesn't include serious downsizing, teacher and administrative givebacks!
HHH Parent January 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Here is a link that provides information on every employee salary in the district. You can also find employment contract information. The problem is that it is not entirely current. HHH Sup. contract is Karnilow's from last year. http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/schools/ Also, the final 2010-2011 budget doc is available at the library - go to the reference desk. All administrative salaries over a certain amount are detailed in the back. The budget info is very topline but it's a start. Once the BOE approves the proposed budget this year, that will be available at the library to look at. Problem is it is not easy to drill down on the numbers - lots of hidden $. For example....how much will be budgeted for the, as yet unapproved, raises that the Supertendent and Assts. will receive in April??? Contracts can be FOILED from the district clerk but good luck getting this info quickly.
HHH Parent January 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Correction ..... should have read 2011-2012 budget.
HHH Parent January 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I think the number was $150,000. Can someone confirm?
HHH Parent January 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I fail to see the relevance of this question. Every taxpayer is entitled to be informed and question the management of this school district. Every taxpayer is entitled to an opinion and a vote - at least until such time that school taxes are only paid by residents with children currently attending district schools.
clearvision January 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Pure nonsense! Pouring countless dollars into school districts has never been shown to improve educational outcomes, especially when most resources go to personnel ( teachers) and not the students! You sound like a " poor" teacher! No one is sympathetic anymore! The old days are gone! 2% tax cap is the law of the land! Get with the times Seth! By the way, real estate values will continue to plummet if taxes continue to skyrocket!
HHH Parent January 26, 2012 at 04:08 AM
It is not in the community's power to get rid of any district employee. It IS in our power to elect a BOE that represents the best interests of our students and taxpayers and is not a rubber stamp for district administration. There is not enough scrutiny of budgetary matters - including all employment contracts and union negotiations. There are many positive things about this school district and we, as a community, should not forget that. But I for one am tired of the "property values will plummet" scare tactic. I would like open disclosure of all budget lines, less PR and more questions from the community - not less. The Superintendent's assertion that the current administrative staffing levels are necessary to preserve our children's educational experience begs further analysis. More has to be done with less... The Superintendent's recommendation to stay within the tax cap limits was the right decision.
Evan Minhauker January 26, 2012 at 05:07 AM
If the community couldn't afford the firehouse bond, it certainly can't afford this increased budget. Time to cut administrators and get the teacher's union to start thinking logically and long term. Until that happens, I'm voting no on the new budget.
KPLifer January 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What you all forgot to mention is that this is one of the best school districts on Long Island. Check out the student parking lot - people think it is fine to buy expensive cars for their kids to drive to school. But wait... a Teacher should make minimum wage?
Merrick7 January 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM
that is a private choice to spend such money on acar for their child. When a teacher gets a raise and that raise comes in form of taxes it is not a choice. when people vote each year they do no get to vote for or against raises. whether or not th ebudget is approved the contractual raises come. essentially teachers do not give voters a choice andtake their money from them.
KPLifer January 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The teachers pay the same taxes and have the same expenses you do. You do have a choice, vote for the board members that you think represent you the best. Or stop complaining and run for the board yourself. Why would you want low paid people teaching our children? We already lack behind the rest of the world educationally
HHH Parent January 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The issues regarding teachers are last in, first out and the pension system. Both need to be revised statewide. Teachers deserve to be well paid - it is very difficult work. Regarding the BOE, everyone in Happy Hollow knows that "The Machine" controls who runs for the Board and who gets elected. Good luck getting elected if you're not in the club. And, as is the case of the electorate in general, few people vote or attend Board meetings. We have ourselves to blame for that!
clearvision January 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Your argument is specious. Increasing teacher remuneration does not result in improved educational outcomes. Most of the world that you refer to that exceeds us educationally does so at a markedly reduced cost! There is currently a gross oversupply of highly qualified teachers in this country and as a result, there is no need to increase teacher salaries. Doing so in the era of the 2% tax cap will result in more teacher lay offs, program cuts and reduced educational opportunities for our children!
Patrick Cunningham February 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
District sheds 70 teachers in three years and keeps all administrators. District agrees to freeze salary. Administrator goes for a Post Graduate Course, get step increase for a raise. How about saving four teachers and get rid of one administrator. School Districts job is to teach, not provide over supervision.
the truth April 22, 2012 at 07:41 PM
the truth April 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
No. Your real estate values will plummet if educational opportunities afforded to the children are reduced, and Half Hollow Hills loses its reputation of being a factory for admission to elite school. Real Estate taxes are a secondary issue in our district. That's the truth. And that's why people vote yes on the budgets year after year while this comment board is filled with negative nabobs who rarely, if ever get things accomplished. Parents of the district DEMAND high numbers of AP classes and a high quality of teacher who can teach that. Do you think these classes are taught by computers? For every AP class added, you are adding payroll to your district. It is true that admin positions have exploded over the past 20 years. There should be a detailed justification as to why. Simply saying that "there are too many administrators" is a poor argument. What is the justification for various positions? Ask it repeatedly at board meetings...look for allies in the debate about the number of admins...like try get the teachers involved in asking about that too (does anyone think that teachers like administrators?!) - that's how you attack it. If all that is done is to negatively attack the whole district, you are easily and legitimately attacked as a person who wants to gut education. One battle at a time...
the truth April 22, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Actually, with the new state mandates, that's no longer true. The admins jobs are now tied to supervision of various departments in the schools. The amount of paperwork needed to "supervise" explodes with all these mandates coming down from the state.


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