My Son

My Son

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice : Sj

Waiver from NCLB takes away school choice : Sj

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary


Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

How does our superintendent's salary hold up to the other school districts in the area?  It appears that our school board has done an excellent job of providing our superintendent with one of the top salaries in the state.  I am not sure what the meteoric rise in salary has been based on.  A 65.39% pay increase in just 7 years is very impressive.  But, then it has been reported by ShowMeInstitute.org and KMOV that superintendent salaries in the state of Missouri have been rising despite a recession and our school board seems to have been helping to contribute to this problem. The report from the Show-Me Institute reported in July 2010 that even during a recession the average superintendent salary was increasing.

So, how has our superintendent's salary done since she became superintendent?  The following data was collected from data that what was reported to MO DESE by the school district and was provided to the Show-Me Institute from a Sunshine Law request and is available from the Show-Me Daily Superintendent Contracts Report.

2006 - $137,589
2007 - $152,068
2008 - $164,428
2009 - $192,586
2010 - $207,393

The following salary information was obtained from a KMOV news story copy of the May 23, 2010 contract for our superintendent which was made after the April 2010 news story on KSDK that reported that the Administrators in Fox School District forfeited their own pay raises.  I find it interesting that our superintendent said that she was giving up her pay raise after she felt uncomfortable that the 47 administrators had decided on their own to give up their raises.  You must really watch the KDSK video news story to appreciate the excitement that the administrators made in giving up their pay raises.  So, it appears that the forfeiting of our superintendent's pay raise would be made during the 2012-2013 school year according to her May 23, 2010 contract.

2011 - $215,276
2012 - $221,643
2013 - $221,643

So, the problem with believing that the foregoing of the pay raise for the 2013 school year would occur in 2013 as shown in her May 23, 2010 contract was the recent announcement of our superintendent's pay for the 2012-2013 school year in The Leader which was reported would be $228,000.

From The Leader Newspaper:
2012 - $228,000

UPDATE: I finally received a copy of the 2012-2013 - 2014-2015 Superintendent Salary Schedule at 4:12PM on Monday August 6, 2012. My request for this data was made at 8:10AM on Wednesday August 1, 2012.  The school district certainly didn't want this information to get out into the community prior to the August 7, 2012 Bond Issue Vote.  Once you see the Salary Amounts you will understand why.


2013 - $238,785
2014 - $245,588
2015 - $252,391

It is important to note that the 2012 - 2015 Superintendent Salary Schedule includes an automatic 5% increase in pay each year for every year of service in the district regardless. This 5% pay raise is on top of whatever increase the teachers receive each year and is multiplied by the updated Administrators Base Pay Amount.


So, I have to ask the question:
When did our Superintendent forfeit her pay raise?

I suggest that you contact your Fox C-6 School Board Members and ask them to provide you with the documentation that shows when the superintendent forfeited her pay raise.  According to the data collected from MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and her May 23, 2010 contract and what was reported in The Leader newspaper recently, it does not appear that there was any pay raise forfeited.

Here is the April 10, 2010 news story on KSDK that reported that the Administrators in Fox School District forfeited their own pay raises for the teachers.  I am really curious to know if this pay raise forfeiture ever really occurred for our superintendent or if it was simply a nice story to provide to the public to gain public support for the district and hide other issues going on within the district.

The June 30, 2012 school board meeting information packet had a copy of the 2012-2013 school year Administrators Salary Schedule.  However, the Administrator Salary Schedule DID NOT contain a salary schedule for the superintendent.  I made a request for a copy of the Superintendent Salary Schedule but have not received a copy of it as of yet even though I have received other information since making that request.

The pay schedule for administrators is based on the teachers pay scale.  So, anytime the administrators and school board approve a pay raise for the teachers, the administrators are also assured a pay raise.  The multiplier for the Administrators Salary Schedule is 1.5 times the highest teacher pay with a doctorate degree which for the 2012-2013 school year is around $97,706 dollars making the Administrators Base Pay Amount at: $136,060.

The salary schedule is based on the Pay Grade and Year Index values where Grade levels are 1 through 5 as follows:

1 = Assistant Elementary or Assistant Middle School Principal
2 = Assistant High School Principal
3 = Elementary or Middle School Principal
4 = High School Principal
5 = Assistant Superintendent

The multipliers range from 0.540 for first year elementary and middle school principals to 1.200 for 12 year assistant superintendents.  There are also Education Factor multipliers that are part of the Salary Calculation where the following Education Factors are:

Masters + 15   = 0.005
Specialist         = 0.010
Specialist + 15 = 0.015
Specialist + 30 = 0.020
Doctorate        = 0.025

The Salary Calculation is computed as:  (GYI + EF) * BASE = Salary.

The example given on the schedule was:  (0.820 + 0.010) * 136,060 = $112,930.

The Highest Paid Assistant Superintendent would be calculated as:

(1.200 + 0.025) * 136,060 = $166674

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

Fox C-6 Watchdogs: Fox C-6 Superintendent Salary

Monday, September 17, 2012

Awareity

Awareity

Lawsuits and Deliberate Indifference
Schools and school leaders are not exempt from the litigious society we live in. Therefore, all school personnel must be equipped to take appropriate actions when they know or should know about events of harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying, sexual assault, etc.

Recent settlements and pending lawsuits are establishing precedents school leaders should take very 
seriously to prevent devastating harm to their school’s bottom line, reputation and the community too.
For example, the town of South Hadley (Massachusetts) paid $225,000 to the parents of Phoebe Prince (who committed suicide after being bullied by classmates). This settlement did not include legal fees incurred when six former classmates were charged in connection with Phoebe’s treatment at school. More recently, the Emerson Board of Education (New Jersey) settled a lawsuit brought by a former student who said bullying linked to his perceived sexual orientation over a six-year period was ignored by school administrators. The student will receive $130,000 from the Bergen County School District.

A pending lawsuit filed by the mother of Seth Walsh (who committed suicide after being bullied by 
classmates) against the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) is one all school leaders should be watching closely. The lawsuit was filed using the results of a federal investigation by the Department of Justice and Department of Education that found TUSD “failed to act in an appropriate manner” even though the school was aware of the harassment towards Seth Walsh. Our greatest opportunities often occur during times of adversity, and making a difference for student safety will not happen until status quo approaches, excuses and acts of deliberate indifference are eliminated. Can your school afford a legal settlement of $130,000, $225,000 or more?

State to pay $4.4 million in landmark settlement

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State to pay $4.4 million in landmark settlement [The Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

Aug. 29--The state has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a landmark lawsuit filed by a couple who alleged the Department of Education failed to provide their daughters with appropriate autism-specific services during the girls' formative years in the 1990s.
Attorneys say the suit could have far-reaching implications for other cases filed on behalf of special-needs students who have not received a free, appropriate public education, as federal law requires.
"Clearly, school districts are on notice that a denial of meaningful access for kids can expose them to significant damages," said Susan Dorsey, lead attorney for the Levin Education Access Project, a nonprofit that assisted the family with the case.
"The rest of the country will be looking at this decision. It's a huge victory for children."

Lee's Summit did this to my son.  I wonder if I should sue them.  I know of many other families that have had the same thing happen in Lee's Summit.  Maybe we should all sue them.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Another Republic family prevailed in lawsuit against school district | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Another Republic family prevailed in lawsuit against school district | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

News-Leader files lawsuit against Republic schools, says Sunshine Law was violated | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

News-Leader files lawsuit against Republic schools, says Sunshine Law was violated | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Republic school district paid $185,000 to settle suit by student | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Republic school district paid $185,000 to settle suit by student | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Locked Away: Students Say Seclusion Doesn't Help | StateImpact Ohio

Locked Away: Students Say Seclusion Doesn't Help | StateImpact Ohio

City schools avoid suit, hand over ‘seclusion room’ files | The Columbus Dispatch

City schools avoid suit, hand over ‘seclusion room’ files | The Columbus Dispatch

Faces of Autism: Does your school have a secret history of abusing disabled children? Find out here - National special education | Examiner.com

Faces of Autism: Does your school have a secret history of abusing disabled children? Find out here - National special education | Examiner.com

Beth Kassab: Rate of physical restraints in schools is alarming - Orlando Sentinel

Beth Kassab: Rate of physical restraints in schools is alarming - Orlando Sentinel

A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children - NYTimes.com

A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children - NYTimes.com

Won't Back Down - Official Trailer HD (2012) - YouTube

Won't Back Down - Official Trailer HD (2012) - YouTube