Sunday, February 15, 2009

Who Needs a Real Job?

Update: Word on the street today is that our county needs to find $17 million in this year's budget. Seventeen million dollars. For the rest of this year. Next year? A whopping $72 million dollars. And yet today, we spent our time twiddling our thumbs in a meaningless, mindnumbing series of professional development activities that cost who knows how much money. Wasted time, wasted effort, wasted dollars.

Our school system recently announced it was examining ways to save money for next year's budget. The rallying cry was that the state wasn't going to be able to give the county as much money as they had in the past and to "get ready." They are talking about no raises. You know, that 2% we are all counting on. The area news stations were reporting that the county was examining all programs and services that could be cut.

A small, neighboring school district already laid off nearly 50 part-time and full-time employees. One day they were there and the next day they were not.

LawyerBoy has a friend who is in charge of Special Education in our county. He has said that the county is actually considering not having summer school this year.

If I were a parent in this county, I would start a riot. There isn't a service or program I would consider cutting. (Well, maybe. Let me think about that for a minute.) There isn't a teacher's position I would consider cutting. This county is top heavy. We have one superintendent and six district superintendents. There are 78 Area Lead Teachers who do heaven knows what. The superintendent makes over $280,000 per year and on top of that, he is paid for his retirement from another county position. He has steadfastly refused to release just how much tht is. I don't think this takes into effect his former teacher pay.

I've got a suggestion. Start from the top and let's go down. I'd be more willing to take a hit if I saw the big boys and girls in the county office start the suffering. I don't think Barack's gazillion dollars are going to do one damned thing for me or my school district. My school district thinks that recycling paper is going to save us. I don't. I think that cutting out all the administrators at the top will help. They are the ones who sit and think up the crap that keep us from teaching the children. And you teachers know what crap I'm talking about. If you think for one minute that this budget mess can be balanced on the backs of the teachers, you are totally wrong. I make a piddling $57,ooo per year. I am on step 13 and I have a Master's degree. That is insanity. I work every year without a guarantee that I will be rehired. And yet, there is so much fat at the top, I can't even fathom it. If those guys want to join me in the trenches, I say BRING IT. Then maybe they can see just what goes on day by day.



Blogger Prof S said...

It's been that way for years everywhere. Protect the do-nothings at the top and cut instruction. Sadly, not even parent protests will change that. Good luck!! I hope to hear it goes differently in your district.

2/15/2009 9:56 AM  
Blogger cupcake said...

Sing it, sister. Sing it loud and sing it proud.

My superintendent makes a freaking RIDICULOUS amount of money, and her benefits include country club memberships and a clothing allowance.

And the School Board keeps renewing her contract, with healthy raises each time (more than the 2% we peons get, needless to say).

It's very inspiring. Very.

2/15/2009 10:25 AM  
Blogger Miss A said...

Girl, I'm with you!!! I'm hollerin' cause I hear ya'.

They all sit around DREAMING up ways to improve education = more REDUNDANT and stupid paper work for us that prevent us from teaching.

I would like to see Dr. Superintendent come down and really teach for a week. Experience the paperwork, experience the children. I wish that Obama would put a salary cap on my employers.

Teachergirl, thank you for clearly stating what we all want to say.

2/15/2009 12:39 PM  
Blogger raidergirl3 said...

They are the ones who sit and think up the crap that keep us from teaching the children

I was going to say Sing it Sister, but somebody beat me to it! That is exactly what if feels like, no matter where you teach.

It's not even the one at the top, it would be the 78 below that is the most frustrating.

Have a great week! Off I go to correct.

2/15/2009 2:10 PM  
Blogger Mamie said...

RIGHT ON! The same kinds of discussions are going on in my district - they talk about freezing steps on the salary schedule, but that only applies to TEACHERS - what about on the administrative schedule? Haven't heard anything about that!

2/15/2009 4:45 PM  
Blogger teachergirl said...

I heart you all!!! All I can say is start a riot where you are.

2/15/2009 7:02 PM  
Blogger John Deere Mom said...

You go, girl.

2/16/2009 9:27 PM  
Blogger Melissa B. said...

I went to a mind-numbing inservice in December, and had many of the same thoughts. Present at this exercise were 26 "high school curriculum development specialists." In other words, 26 folks who are paid a minimum of $100,000 a year nothing. Cutting all of those folks is a budget savings of at least $2.6 million. It's a start, ain't it?

2/17/2009 2:38 PM  

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