Sutherland for Schools blog
Someone posted on the CIA blog that there would be two more staff in communications so I thought I would check.
I received the disturbing comment re mishandling of sick leave. I will post staff's response when they send it (typically about 10 working days--sometimes less).
I have been told by a FWISD employee that we can only use 10 days of sick leave in a row, then our pay is stopped until we return to work. EVEN if they have more sick days. This happened to someone I know. Once they returned to work, they checked used her sick days and then paid her up to date. She went a few months with no check. She was told there are too many people having babies, using their sick leave up, then quitting and the district has overpaid them and they can't get their money back. She told the policy changed two years ago. I called HR and tried to verify the policy and was not given a clear answer...which likely means this is true. Can you clarify?
Our huge list of unfilled absences is improving, thanks to some serious publicity and hiring from Chief of HCM Cynthia Rincon and staff Rosabel Jimenez. While in previous years the number of unfilled slots was increasing dangerously, this year was a dramatic turn-around--AND--we awarded $300,000 in bonus pay to responsive substitutes. The improvement is clear based on historical April data:
There will be public comment (FINALLY getting this straight and also properly listing our get-togethers as "Meetings" wherever there is discussion on any topic.
Budget presentation (no questions?) plus more work on the operation of the school district.
This news is almost happy enough to be a bedtime story.
Complaints about cronyism on staffing decisions should not fall on deaf ears because hiring the right staff is central to improved success. Not to "brag" about one school among many that deserve note, but Southwest HS has been working on the staffing of their Algebra teachers hard, and with help from those above them they were able to raise their STAAR test scores by 22% this year. The key? Hard work and caring by the leadership. Principal Engel is also respectful of his teachers.
Remember the workshop I attended last week? I asked yesterday if the board had approved it. The answer?
This is the real truth.
Like most readers, I have been hugely frustrated over the many workshops and lectures by non-teachers over how we should manage our classrooms. Last week I attended another one of those, run by attractive women gaily reading still another powerpoint. This one is builds from the Common Core framework (yes, the CC) and hopes by training young teachers in "social emotional competency", after which the young teachers will train other young teachers through summer workshops. The workshop was held in the heart of downtown in an expensive venue (with valet parking paid).
Sorry about the bad link.