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School officials lash out against 'distractions'

Corr, whose salary is currently $190,000, said such a move appears to be the state getting involved with situations normally dealt with by the local schools.

"I think right now the focus and intention has to be on developing a [school] budget that is good for both our children and our community," said Corr. "I think given that, it is really where my focus should be other than a salary cap."

South Colonie Central School District Superintendent Jon Buhner, whose salary is $179,185, agrees that what Cuomo has proposed is really just a distraction, and the main focus should be on passing a budget. He will also be taking a pay freeze, and said what he is really concerned about are the students, not his salary.

There is a lot of work that comes with being a superintendent, Buhner said, and there is a lot of responsibility that comes with the position.

"I understand it's part of the job, and it's all year round," he said. "You're in charge of the well being and the achievement of people's most precious possession, their children. I have kids and I know how much I care about my own children. So, I take pride in the work that I do and take pride in being a public servant."

There is also the bill that passed the senate on March 1, the repeal of LIFO (S.3501b), with no similar bill in the assembly, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan, R-East Northport.

Many schools in the state are looking to lay off a number of teachers, and with North Colonie closing Maplewood Elementary School, some teachers will be losing their jobs.

The LIFO bill is directed toward New York City schools, but has met with criticism across the state. Libby, Corr and Buhner said they already look at teacher performance instead of strictly seniority, but Corr added it is the law.

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