Sutherland for Schools blog
Five years ago we eliminated the district-wide presidency, which ended with the resignation of banker Ray Dickerson after he shockingly told interim superintendent Walter Dansby he had "no respect for him" from the dais.
Tuesday's agenda is now online. It features
05/13/2015 Establish online application for interested candidates.
05/13/2015 Begin recruitment of candidates.
07/13/2015 Deadline for all application materials.
07/22/2015 Consultant develops and finalizes interview questions and procedures with the board. Candidates are presented to the board and consultant assists the board in selecting candidates for the interviews. (Time: TBD)
Wk of 07/27/15 Interview candidates (1st round).
Wk of 07/27/15 Meeting with consultant following the last interview. (Time: TBD)
Wk of 08/03/15 Interview candidates (2nd round if needed).
Wk of 08/03/15 Final meeting with consultant following the last interview (if needed). (Time: TBD)
TBD Consultant will discuss contract terms with the finalist.
TBD Announce Finalist
TBD Board takes action to hire finalist
TBD Press release of new superintendent.
TBD Board Self-Assessment Survey Results presented to the board.
The central office is never going to let go of its staff if they don't have to. The latest reorganation proposes to centralize professional development. In other words they are going to tell you what you need.
Dr. Linares has allowed publication of the document. The specific staffing has been removed.
I finally requested and received these appeals. They are on the "information" tab.
Teachers with very large class sizes will be surprised to hear there are also some very small ones, and apparently a lot of "teachers" who do not have classes.
PK-5 2 children per class
6-8 6 children per class
9-12 2 children per class
You can imagine my surprise when I checked our staffing ratios for 2012-13 only to find that there was 1 teacher for each 16.5 students district-wide. (There must be a lot of teachers helping principals or other administrators!)
Then if you check the staffing at some of our "boutique" schools, you will find some very small numbers: These are for 2012-13: YWLA 10.4 students per teacher; TABS 14.5 students per teacher, YMLA, 12.4 students per teacher. There are two high schools that were overstaffed by TEN teachers each.
This was just a snapshot of a past year, but if all schools were staffed closer to the staffing ratio, we would have been $4.8 million better off.
This would have paid for a lot of substitutes.
The only item on the agenda is the 2015-16 budget. Documents were delivered to the board Friday after 5 p.m. and are not currently available online. A list of the documents is posted on the "information" tab of this website.
Election of Officers is the last item on the agenda. Prior to this, we will
Here is a partial explanation for the recent switch to Odyssey, which readers complained about. According to Michael Steinert, the 2nd semester switch which was criticized by readers was necessitated by Plato's withdrawal of support for the existing system which teachers and supervisors had worked to revise to meet our expectations. My review of the change-over suggests that the reasons for this shift at the beginning of the second semester (so roundly criticized by readers) was necessitated by Plato's removing support for our earlier system.
The special meeting is for the purpose of certifying the election and swearing in the four of us who were re-elected. However, as of Friday afternoon, the county had not provided the necessary documents, so that part of the meeting may have to be postponed.
If you listened to the discussion last night about the seven new associate and assistant superintendents, you surely would have thought there was no new money involved. But you should have been skeptical . . .
|TOTAL for five||806614.40||849109.00||54494.60|
|Average raise given to five||$10,898|