Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cut Chiefs Before Indians

Ken O’Brien

According to The Worcester Telegram, Superintendent of Schools Sheryl Stanton observed, “With the [restructure] proposal defeated, … more money will be needed in the budget to fill gaps the district has with instructional coaching for staff, positions it needs for English Language Learners, to develop a discipline program and support for students, and to create positions around truancy and attendance problems.
She said the team would have to go back to the drawing board to reassess goals as a committee and district.”
 

Now, I could be mistaken but, it is my understanding that the Central Office Staff currently numbers about 30 people.

According to preliminary data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the 2014 school year Southbridge spent $606.55 per student on administration. This ranked Southbridge 122nd out of 320 districts for results reported.

That means that 62% of the districts in the State spend less per pupil than we do. Among them are Brimfield ($559.04), Webster ($495.34), Quaboag ($469.80), Auburn ($390.22), Tantasqua ($377.53), Sturbridge ($356.36) and Dudley-Charlton ($210.96).

Fifteen years ago, during JoAnn Austin’s tenure as Superintendent, the central office staff consisted of 3 people. I will grant that increased complexity and expanded areas such as technology have required an expansion of central office personnel.

But by a factor of ten times? 

If one examines the School District Examination Report from 2004 one would be hard-pressed to see any significant improvement that has been bought through all these new personnel.

If the budget given to the School Committee by the town requires some cutting I suggest that it start there rather than with the teaching staff.

4 comments:

  1. Open the doors and see all the functionsJune 4, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    Now, I could be mistaken but, it is my understanding that the Central Office Staff currently numbers about 30 people.

    I see 12 people doing 33 functions - http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/general.aspx?topNavId=1&orgcode=02770000&orgtypecode=5&leftNavId=122&

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    1. I count 16 without any additional number for secretarial or support staff. http://southbridge.k12.ma.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=299720&sessionid=d291f2c22e692ec77fafac7c531c663c

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    2. Open the doors and see all the functionsJune 4, 2015 at 1:38 AM

      Actually 15 , You must of counted one administrative assistant /secretary twice.

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    3. Right you are. But, as I said, this doesn't include secretarial or support.

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