Just a few comments from Concerned about the budget:
- Administrators are not taking a pay freeze. In fact, they will get a 2% raise (Concerned is not sure if that raise is on top of their step). For someone like Mike Gallagher that amounts to $2,650.14 on top of his already egregious salary of $132,507 even if he does not move up a step in the pay scale. So from the administrative ranks, no retirements, no pay freeze and a raise. When push came to shove, only the teachers took a pay freeze and only the teachers and staff are losing their jobs.
- Achramo would have you believe that Gregg Davis' job is getting cut again for the third year in a row. Apparently, this year he is really retiring. However, Achramo and the RSB have budgeted $220,000 for a new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Therefore, Gregg Davis' alleged retirement is not going to save the district any money and the administration costs of the district are going to go up.
- To correct Holly Balaya, the number of administrators ballooned in 2008-2009. If one reads the Board Briefing of January 9, 2008 it reads that there will be two new assistant superintendents and one new associate superintendent. However, probably due to the financial mess of the District, these administrative changes would remain in "name only" and no salary increase was to accompany the title changes. [click here for briefing]. This was clearly a short sighted statement as the administration took huge raises in 2009-2010. Please refer to the salary table below. Note the yellow column is the amount the person's salary raised from the previous year. [click here for state reported administrative compensation]; [click here for a commentary on administrative salary compensation]2009-2010Superintendent of SchoolsMark Crawford$162,978.00$30,883.00$193,861.00$2,693.00Associate SuperintendentGordon Kerr$128,863.00$27,911.00$156,774.00$12,343.00Assistant Superintendent For InstructionMaryellen Monafo$128,043.00$27,802.00$155,845.00$16,535.00Assistant Superintendent For Information ServicesGregg Davis$125,961.00$27,601.00$153,562.00$19,788.00High School PrincipalMichael Gallagher$121,314.00$0.00$121,314.00$4,779.00Director Of HperCharles Amo$129,903.00$0.00$129,903.00$9,648.002008-2009Superintendent of SchoolsMark Crawford$159,125.00$32,043.00$191,168.00$1,556.00Associate SuperintendentGordon Kerr$116,592.00$27,839.00$144,431.00
Assistant Superintendent For InstructionMaryellen Monafo$111,931.00$27,379.00$139,310.00
Assistant Superintendent For Information ServicesGregg Davis$106,894.00$26,890.00$133,784.00
High School PrincipalMichael Gallagher$116,535.00
$116,535.00$4,589.00Director Of HperCharles Amo$120,225.00
$120,225.00$4,765.002007-2008Superintendent of SchoolsMark Crawford$157,555.00$32,057.00$189,612.00$8,676.00Assistant SuperintendentGordon Kerr$108,419.00$26,941.00$135,360.00$6,344.00Director Of HperCharles Amo$115,490.00
$115,490.00$4,066.00High School PrincipalMichael Gallagher$111,946.00
- The new teacher contract does not seem to be figured into the budget at all. Despite voting to freeze their salaries, the teacher ranks are still losing 18.9 teaching positions. Looks like saving the District from a financial mess will fall entirely on the backs of the teachers once again. Please read the State's report on the financial condition of the District. Read Appendix A closely where Dr. Crawford states that the District is going to be saved by decreased payroll (cut teachers) and going to a single health care provider (a self-less concession by the teachers to bail out the district). [click here for audit]. Maybe after reading this post Dr. Dolittle Calkins and Pom Pom Patty will realize how much the teachers have sacrificed over the years and how fat the administrators are getting.
- The taxpayers of Hamburg will again have their taxes raised 4.35%. That means your tax dollars have increased more than 20% over the past five years. [click here for posting on tax increases].
- As Concerned was passing by Legion Dr. it was noticed that they are putting a new roof on the garage. Did anyone consider selling this property to raise some money for the District? It turns out there would be interest in the property and as recently as 2008 there was interest from a buyer. [click here for Board Briefing].
- As always, Concerned is upset at the lack of transparency. The whole budget process is still under wraps and the public gets a lip-synced presentation. Concerned was very pleased to hear Holly Balaya asking a few questions and offering alternative ways to save money. How interesting that she suggested combining some administrative jobs and Steve's answer was we need all the administrators we can get to implement APPR. I'm shouting this from the rooftops: "WHERE IS THE ALLEGED GRANT MONEY FOR ADOPTING APPR?