Should Teaneck Outsource School Aides?
Share your views on the district's budget proposal
Teaneck's school board is considering outsourcing all 46 district lunchroom aides, 27 of 68 instructional aides and an unknown number of substitutes, Patch reported Tuesday.
The school board sent the $91.9 million spending plan to the county, but officials have stressed the budget can be modified before being adopted.
The proposal had drawn strong opposition from parents who spoke at a Board of Education meeting Monday night. They worry the outsourced instructional paraprofessionals won't be as dedicated to students as district employees have been.
School officials, however, have pointed to a decline in state funding and say any outsourced workers will be carefully vetted and managed. The proposed outsourcing would save $800,000 in all, according to Business Administrator Robert Finger.
Other cost-saving measures included cutting courtesy busing and eliminating two administrative positions. Axing the administrative jobs would save $205,000, while increasing the requirement for busing students from 0.9 to 1.3 miles is projected to save $100,000, according to the district's budget presentation.
What do you think? Should the district save money through outsourcing? Would you prefer cuts in other areas? If so, where? Are there other ways the district can save money?