Rome, NY Sucks

But At Least We're Not Utica

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


The Rome School board has yet again caved in to the teachers union. Of course, the Rome Sentinel chose to paint it as a even handed concession of a 14% pay increase for an increase in the co-pay. Let's see. The lowest teacher pay in Rome is now $32,209. That's an increase of $1,401 this year alone. So, the concession will even out for the extremely delicate teacher who fills 56 prescriptions a year. And that's a first year teacher going from generics to a non preferred brand.

Rome has 503 teachers, with minimum salaries ranging from $32,000 to $79,000 per year. Again, no average teacher salary is available. Using the 4.55% retroactive increase for this year, the average teacher pay is now above $60,000. Rome's official website has failed to put up the $26,000 average salary for residents. And let's not forget the plurality of people in this town that make under $20,000. We're the saps who have to pay the ever increasing wages with ever increasing property taxes.

My wage has increased 0% in the last 4 years. My co-pay is 100%. That is, if I could afford to go to a doctor. Bring on the hate mail comments.


  • At October 12, 2005 2:32 PM, Blogger Bling Free said…

    Clearly this is not an even trade between the board (taxpayers) and the teachers. However, good teachers are a great thing to have, and I can't believe given Rome's weather, current situation (pretty sorry prospects) that it is easy to get quality teachers in Rome, so I think paying them well is a good thing.

    I grew up in Rome, and choose to live elsewhere due to the lack of jobs in town. I have a good salary, get good increases each year, etc. Perhaps you should pull up stakes and join the 10,000 others in the past 10-20 years who have headed to greener pastures.

    Thanks for running this blog. Provides a good counterpoint to other Rome sources.

  • At October 12, 2005 8:46 PM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    The poor economic prospects provide a sort of catch-22. Rome isn't a great place to live, so the thought is to offer the teachers more. At the same time, a poorer city can't afford this. School tax alone is equal to my city tax.

    Rome is a pretty overeducated place. People from Griffis who retired in Rome could teach. Many already do in local colleges. I have a Masters degree myself. I could get credentials tomorrow. Beleive me, my price would be much lower than the $30K for someone fresh out of school.

    And thank you, bling free, for reading my blog.

  • At October 12, 2005 9:33 PM, Blogger Craig said…

    My nerves!

    Rome does not have to pay little "skulls full of mush" over $30,000/year for the privilege of teaching there (despite the snow.) According to friends of mine who would like to stay in NYS, it's almost impossible to find a teaching job.

    There just aren't any openings. School's are shrinking and not enough teachers are retiring. But New York keeps raising the entry wage anyway.

    For the above commenters, it may make sense to think that Rome must provide incentives to hire teachers -- but I suspect that they left because they work in the "real world."

    New York's educational system certainly doesn't have anything to do with that.


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