NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The North Syracuse Central School District is still buzzing about Monday night's school board meeting. There was only one public comment, but it came from the president of the North Syracuse Education Association, the union representing teachers.
The president said union members are divided and he questioned the competence of Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette. His biggest concern is a proposed salary increase for some district employees. He noted teachers took a pay freeze and that talk of a pay increase is a slap in the face.
North Syracuse Education Association President John Kuryla said, "It is unjustifiable and reprehensible to propose pay raises for any staff member at this juncture. I urge the board to uphold the promises made to the community and vote unanimously no to the proposed salary increase whenever that vote returns to this body."
"My goal still is to ensure that we're here to push the conversation. That we look at all the various elements, factors that play into making the appropriate decisions for what's the in the best interest of our students," said Dyce Faucette.
Dyce Faucette says talk of the proposal came from the strategic plan. In it, new departments including Data accountability and Special Education Support services were developed which would add to the responsibilities of current staff.
She says compensating the staff for additional workload was discussed. But ultimately, the decision is up to the board. The next school board meeting is Monday, June 18th at 7 p.m.