Don’t ya just love this? Sweating through financial chaos, Superintendent of Schools John Ramos claims Mayor Bill Finch went behind his back to cut a concession deal with a labor union. Hey, it’s an election year. What’s a school super to do? Dude, welcome to politics. From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:
As the Bridgeport Board of Education struggles to come to terms with cuts that will take teachers and support services away from students, Superintendent of Schools John Ramos told his board Wednesday that Mayor Bill Finch has entered into an agreement with AFSME that guarantees no lay-offs for two years. Independent verification of this has not yet been received. The union includes teacher aids, special ed van drivers and others. Many are on the chopping block as the district tries to reconcile a $19 million plus (the number keeps growing) difference between what the city is giving them and what a current services budget is said to cost in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Union member reportedly going to vote on the deal Friday.
“We were NOT at the table yet this reported outcome impacts us profoundly,” Ramos said in his memo to the board. “We were not even told that this arrangement was being discussed. We are quantifying the damage.”