Yonkers Board of Education Responds to the Inspector General’s Report on Overtime

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SCHORR_DANYonkers Inspector General Dan Schorr's (IG) report concerning overtime at the Board of Education (BOE) detailed no findings of substance, but, rather, tended to confuse the overtime policy with contractually mandated extra pay and summer pay. This confusion persisted even after the BOE held several meetings with him and his staff to explain the distinctions between these policies, as well as the BoE’s legal and contractual obligations, which were glossed over or misinterpreted in the report.

First, the data used by the IG as a benchmark (data reported in LoHud.com) was not directly comparable to the data the IG requested. BoE overtime figures are based on a July through June calendar. Yet, the figures used in LoHud.com, and adopted by the IG for his report, were based on a January through December fiscal year and, in fact, spanned two years of data.

Second, the Board Resolution stating the terms of overtime for 10-month employees is quite clear and was developed with the legal advice of the BoE’s attorneys. Ten-month employees cannot make overtime for a time period they are not assigned to work (July and August). Summer work is, therefore, straight salary, not overtime, and does not come under the cap.

Third, the IG was given numerous invitations to visit the BoE and directly discuss the overtime policy with staff. He declined stating that he did not have the staff or manpower to make these visitations. When the BoE sought similar relief because of a short-staffed Finance Department, the IG criticized the BoE for not providing timely information. Although he was made aware of the Department’s limitations, he chose to use subpoena power as a show of force.

Fourth, the BoE is contractually bound to pay members of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers 1/200th of their salary for work on a non-school day if union members work over six hours in a similar assignment. All of our summer school teachers are paid at the hourly rate and have been for years. The anomaly is with teachers who work in the special education department and continuously work beyond the six-hour day. The BoE has attempted to keep all non-school day assignments under six hours to remain at hourly pay, except in the case of social workers and psychologists. This has been challenged and lost in an arbitration decision.

Finally, the IG inexplicably chose to omit from his report the single most significant piece of information about BoE overtime during the period he investigated: BoE overtime dropped from $4.5 million to $3 million, a $1.5 million savings generated because of diligent enforcement of the overtime policy governing nearly 4000 employees.  He did not have to investigate to find this out; the BoE made him aware of this achievement early in his inquiry.

Although the IG’s report calls for some clarification, the BoE is delighted that the ultimate findings reveal a BOE that adheres to an overtime policy that continues to reap impressive results for the citizens of Yonkers.

 

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  1. Pierorazio is responsible for the overcrowded schools by making the successful prek-5 schools into perk-8. He is responsible for the overcrowding. These small elementary schools were not built for such grade levels. There isn’t an administrator who agrees with this overcrowding idea in the district. Our numbers according to the NYSED does not show a surge in Yonkers. Look at the report cards overall population numbers. This is all a Pierorazio spin to avoid talking about how education can improve in Yonkers. I get the impression he does not know what to do. We need a leader and BOE members that visit the schools and ask intelligent questions about what is needed.

  2. We should be as attentive to how well the schools are doing. Now Pierorazio is pushing a billion dollar project for renovations when he hasn’t done the yearly maintainence of buildings for the past 6 years. It seems like more spinning to me. Fix the poor educational practices that he has put in place. Get those schools off the SINI list and tell the public how you will fix what you have messed up. No more spinning, shell games, and deflections from Pierorazio.

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