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Our opinion: Spreading the wealth

February 14, 2013

Judging by the school board’s action Monday night, Brandon Hufnagel’s abrupt departure as superintendent has apparently left a hole bigger than the man himself....

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Eaglewatcher

Feb-14-13 6:13 AM

Why is it when it comes to educational professionals (with experience), they are expected to work for free? Dedication and high-mindedness are generally their characteristics but in realistic terms that doesn't pay the bills or make up for time away from family life. Would we ask the same of doctors and lawyers?

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Frugaltaxpayer

Feb-14-13 6:42 AM

Eagle do you expect us to believe that these poor souls will be spending endless hours above and beyond what the normally are working to fill in on a temporary basis? No, they saw an opportunity to squeeze some money out of the taxpayers, so they took it.

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Lifelongresident

Feb-14-13 8:13 AM

They spread this money around while teachers making much less have to buy supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets. They could've shifted these funds to supplies for the classroom or a portion on the funds at least.

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SpaceLady

Feb-14-13 8:26 AM

Eaglewatcher, so only the professionals should be paid more when asked to do additional work? Take a look at the teachers and support staff that have had extra duties put upon them and tell me what the difference is. Administration and the School Board had an opportunity to show that they too were willing to step up to the plate during rough economic conditions and they failed miserably.

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archaeo1

Feb-14-13 10:44 AM

Eagle, A superintendant makes more per year than many Gen. Practitioners. 125,000 Plus their Pension. Benefits for each. and in Huffnagels case I believe around 80,000 for the pension from his last position. Good deal for these guys who want a little extra income.

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MTOMTO

Feb-14-13 11:20 AM

"Our opinion: Spreading the manure"

Fixed.

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garypayton

Feb-14-13 1:21 PM

It has happened in my career in the private sector where I was asked to take on additional "interim" duties while the company filled a vacated position. I was fairly compensated for the extra work-load. Stop bashing public employees! You treat them like they are welfare recipients. It's wrong. They are our neighbors and members of our community.

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garypayton

Feb-14-13 1:47 PM

Talk about lack of respect...

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25or624

Feb-14-13 1:52 PM

Gary, lucky you. That wasn't the case in my case.

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25or624

Feb-14-13 1:56 PM

But, I'll bet the teachers union would love to have you at the negotiating table when they open contract talks in a few months. You know, what with larger class sizes, and all. I wouldn't blame them a bit for bringing up what amounts to management bonuses.

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writer10

Feb-14-13 2:15 PM

I do two jobs at work, running two machines, because the local education system has failed to provide enough talent that can work with numbers and be able to process information. I don't get paid any extra to do two peoples' jobs and yet the people who are running a failed educational system feel that they should be paid more.

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garypayton

Feb-14-13 2:37 PM

No. Wrong. Their employers feel they should make more, not them. Your beef is with the school board. Why vilify the employees??

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25or624

Feb-14-13 3:47 PM

I'm not vilifying the employees (although I doubt they'll turn down the money -- I wouldn't). I just think the board made a bone-headed move with contract negotiations just down the road.

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commonsense

Feb-14-13 5:05 PM

GREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Brazil

Feb-14-13 10:32 PM

The Board blew this one big time. To provide a prespective bonus was an ill considered move. I have seen many situations where positions have been temporarily or permanently eliminated and others have had to pick up the slack with no recompense. I have also seen many cases where staff have had to pick up the slack temporarily. If the performance has been judged to be good at the end of the assignment a bonus is sometimes given in recognition. Rarely have I seen what the School Board has done and especially not under the dire economic circumstances that the District is under. The Union is going to turn a deaf ear to sacrifice requests come negotiation time and Art Stewart and his Board will have no one to blame but themselves

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Warrengrad

Feb-15-13 6:50 AM

In my classroom, I have had no markers and little other supplies this year. What I have had, I have had to purchase myself or beg, borrow and steal...I have made due and have stretched resources more than I thought I could. All while also providing resources for my own two children who attend schools in this district. Oh, and did I mention, I voted for a pay freeze for the teachers to benefit the students--NOT for administration to receive a bonus. I will not make the same mistake twice.

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MTOMTO

Feb-15-13 8:33 AM

Brazil, well said.

MyThoughts, did the woman give the beggar a one-time cash reward, or a monthly stipend?

Warrengrad, be very careful of that stealing thing. You could get into trouble.

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SpaceLady

Feb-19-13 8:08 AM

Another fact being hidden... the principal from Sugar Grove was supposed to be covering both Sugar Grove and Russell Elementary..this due to the movement of Mrs. Horner to Central Office...seems to me there is a familiar face at Russell leading the teachers. One who retired from Beaty, moved away and is now magically back again...check it out. So even MORE dollars being spent and well hidden from the taxpayers!!!!!

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