Remember this time last year? That’s when the board was willing to spend $200,000 to hire Huffmaster to break a DEA strike, because, well, we didn’t have the money to pay our teachers more.
We lost staff, who bolted instead of risking a strike, the money to Huffmaster was wasted, with a last minute deal, and the teachers who didn’t get their step increases, or a three year contract, had to start the school year off last year without their normal prep time.
We could blame Rhonda Corr for that, although the more likely suspect was Adil Baguirov (who should have already been off the board over his residency issue), but the reality is- the rest of the bargaining team is still in place, including our new Superintendent Libbie Lolli.
What a difference a year and a new board make. Lolli handed out RETROACTIVE raises to admin and staff, and now, extended the DEA contract, threw back in the step increases and released new pay scales- including 2 positions that seem really strange: Director 2 (No bachelors degree) starting at $79,380.77 and Associate Director 2 (No bachelors degree) starting at $67,470.63. Now, I grant you, a bachelors degree isn’t necessary to run a bus fleet or be head of maintenance, but, I’m wondering if these aren’t in place for a certain PR person- who might not have completed her studies at Ohio University.
That’s a lot of cash for someone who didn’t finish college – and to be working in education.
There also seems to be a whole lot of new directors. This week alone we find out that we are now still in the hunt for a Principal at Belmont- after Dr. Donetrus Hill had already started telling everyone that it will be a student uniform required school next year (for the record, East side schools tend not to require uniforms- West side do.).
Now Dr. Hill will have the title: Chief of Curriculum, Instruction, PD/Math/Science and a new big bump in pay $117,000.00. He’s been here since January of 2017.
Wyetta Hayden is now Chief of Schools Elementary- $119,966.00
The new to DPS Carolyn Mack is Chief of Curriculum, Instruction, PD/ELA/SS and making $119,966.00
Update: Monday: 28, 2018
This post kept me up thinking last night.
Maybe this is the beginning of a marketing to the community push?
Since Lolli is an introvert, and has shied away from any marketing plan, or efforts, maybe, she envisions all these new chiefs spreading out into the community to talk about the new changes she’s making.
Of course, the fact that few of her chiefs have ties to the community, or know it well, kinda hurt her if that’s her plan.
So far, we still have no strategic plan, the organizational chart and budget seem to be the only thing growing, while the district is shrinking.
Or as we used to say, “Too many chiefs, too few Indians.”