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Stipends halted; changes in staffing

June 11, 2013

With the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year just in the rear-view mirror, the Warren County School District is already looking ahead to next fal....

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 7:25 AM

What's the point anymore? I mean really? You print this like as if something good happened but yet last nights agenda had raises being given to administrators. First we had a director who when moved into the current position was given a raise above his step according to the act 93 plan and last night he got another for attaining his letter of superintendent. Since he received a higher discretionary amount in the first place, that raise was irresponsible when we can barely pay for necessities. Then we had another principal going from a 220 to a 260. Higher pay and more vacation time just to oversee online education and the small alt end program.....

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 7:27 AM

There was more too and all you have to do is go on the esb to see it. Don't expect to see it here.

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MTOMTO

Jun-11-13 8:11 AM

It sounds a lot like a shell game to me. Round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows. Good luck with the next teacher's contract negotiations.

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 9:14 AM

100% MTO! Even if a strike happens our teachers should stand up to the board. I was in high school in another city during one of the longest pa teacher strikes in history. It changed pa laws on teacher strikes. The students recognized the importance of the teachers to education and when everyone was force back, me and a group of friends organized a student strike. Teachers morale and resources have been put through the shredder in our district. I hope the see their importance just as I recognized it when I was 16 years old. We keep protecting administrators and directors but they don't provide what our kids need - education.

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Publish

Jun-11-13 9:42 AM

Good points saveourschools. Pretty sure they are setting the table so they can argue later that there were administrative concessions. While some on this board are good, the lot of them are allowing the tail to wag the dog.

They are not only setting the table for an easy reason to strike, they are also hand delivering a conversion charter to a newly rennovated Ike. In all liklihood, Sheffield too.

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 10:48 AM

Conversion charter, that's something that no one is talking about....the board was warned. For those who don't understand, yes it is possible and we will continue to get the bill. Problem? At this point, to protect the education of my youngest child, I may be willing to consider looking at it if it doesn't copy and paste wcsd curriculum. Looks like TCCS will hit full building capacity this year too. Not just waiting lists for specific grades but when I called at was told that they are only a dozen students away from building capacity. Maybe wcsd needs to look internally at why people are looking for alternatives.

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Brazil

Jun-11-13 10:50 AM

What is the exact section in the Board minutes that discusses raises to Administrative staff?

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 11:01 AM

Brazil, look at last nights agenda. They get raises when principals go from 220 to 260.

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 11:04 AM

Brazil, the minutes wouldn't be posted from last night but if you look on last nights agenda you will see all of the votes that passed. The principals that went to 260 were not the only raises. We also gave an administrator a raise for a certification that he was required to have and we paid for him to get the certification too.

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Brazil

Jun-11-13 1:15 PM

The School Board has acted a much like a wide slice of Corporate America of late which means its strategy for motivating the vast majority of its staff is through the threat of pink slips, increased workloads, increased staff sizes, and reduced tools to be able to effectively complete their work. On the other hand Executive staff is provided with new technology, massive stipends to help them deal with demands of the Superintendent staffing vacancy, and new staff if they happen to have lost positions comparative to another period of time. We’d like to assume some of the well deserved public embarrassment they have suffered resulted in the changes made to the bonus stipend program at last night’s Board meeting. We know we would never hear them actually admit that. CONTINUED

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Brazil

Jun-11-13 1:16 PM

If there is a stipend that one could at least build a case to justify it would be Ms. Stewarts. I’m not ready to say even that stipend was correct for the times we live in but at least a non-farcical case could be built to justify it.The Board should have a simple rule and that be that they won’t require any burden or sacrifice from the students and staff that they don’t equally apply to administrative staff. I have taken the whole teachers pension and other issues to task in the past but when you do what this Board did and does in the case of stipends and other areas where by all appearances they appear to bend over backwards to avert administrative staff from feeling any pain you lose all credibility at the negotiating table. We know the savings in Administration won’t have the financial impact of other areas due to the smaller base costs but this is about appearances, about fairness, about…..oh yeah, the students.

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 3:29 PM

Brazil, I think you gave them too much credit for last nights actions because they may have gave those away but where they gave away they added in other places. For example, why does our online/alt end principal need to be a made a 260 when at one time our previous superintendent said she was going to have to justify her salary as she has the least seniority and would have been cut. One of her tasks is to try to gain back cyber charter or charter students through our online services available but yet this year tccs is almost at total building capacity. Wonder how much that will cost our district?

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Brazil

Jun-11-13 4:19 PM

I don't disagree SOS but I have been so depressed over the actions of this Board and their Lemming like approach (and the vote is 9-0, 9-0, 9-0, 9-0 that I wanted to give them some credit for something. Now I'm just going to sit back and watch how many Pine Grove exceptions are approved by the Superintendent for rich kids going to school outside their geographic area while middle income and poor kids are denied for a multitude of presented reasons. I look forward to the first lawsuit being filed against the District.

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MTOMTO

Jun-11-13 4:40 PM

Brazil, IMHO maintaing current staff with less students, educators, faciliteis, and even janitorial staff is an increase in itself. Did everyone just forget about the additional accountant?

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saveourschools

Jun-11-13 7:59 PM

I understand Brazil...I understand

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Brazil

Jun-11-13 10:43 PM

MTOMTO - I'm trying to understand the relevance to the situation at WCSD. Class sizes have increased across the board. Other areas are stretched thin to the boneThat is not a quid pro quo adjustment reaction based on student numbers dropping or building square footage. As far as the accountant I certainly mentioned it in my comments. They should make do with what they have. Many other businesses have done it during tough times and found a way to get reports out etc. Places get 20% of their workforce cut but still have to get out required reports. They figure a way to do it. It might mean salaried staff working a longer work day. That's reality in the real world.

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MTOMTO

Jun-12-13 8:12 AM

No, not quid pro quo, but when you have less students graduating from all four schools that you have previously had graduating from just one, there has to be some correlation. Same goes with closing many of the elementary schools in Warren. Do you mean to say that we still need the same administration with fewer buildings open? The janitorial staff has been reduced.

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Brazil

Jun-12-13 8:33 AM

No I'm saying the teacher and support staff cuts have been well beyond the reduction percentage of students over the past two years. Administrative staff cuts have been negligible and as you or someone else put it is more of just a shell game. Our Board has been a lap dog for the Administration. Also I'm not sure we've put any buildings out of commission over the past two years.

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MTOMTO

Jun-12-13 9:03 AM

Not the last two years, longer range.

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Brazil

Jun-12-13 11:33 AM

Well no one is disagreeing with that so I still don't get your point.

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