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7/1/2013 Here are the raises given to central office personnel

by Ann Sutherland on 07/01/13

Here is the link to the raises given to central office people.  I've removed their names, although their employee numbers are still available.  Also on the right are columns stating whether the board was notified and whether the board approved the specific raises. 

Note that when the district notified me of this list of raises, it asserted that a number of them had board approval.  Readers will see that in several cases there was no board vote approving the raises--including those of the three deputies and the HCM manager.  The district has been unable to provide documentation of board approval on many raises.  The data is available in the second line at

www.sutherlandforschools.org/data.html

As I indicated in an earlier post, Dansby has just awarded these four individuals (and six others) major raises again--asserting, without proof, that the board was notified.  These raises are on the same page in the top line.

Comments (9)

1. Wow said on 7/1/13 - 06:17AM
I just wonder how teachers that have taken pay decreases because of stipend reductions are going to feel???? Same amount of work but less money for folks doing the real work. Sad, sad, sad!!!
2. Questions said on 7/1/13 - 12:40PM
Does the Board have to approve the raises? Even if the raise was due to a promotion to a different position?
3. Ann Replies said on 7/1/13 - 01:30PM
DC (Legal) says the Supt has the sole authority to make recommendations to the Board regarding the selection of all personnel, except that the Board may delegate final authority for those decisions to the Supt. . . .; that for the positions requiring Board approval the board can accept or reject the selection of District personnel and this has to be recorded in the minutes. This refers to all personnel. Dc local says the board delegates the selection and employment of all personnel employed in positions below pay grade 14, not to include campus principals and APs. Legal decisions are made by attorneys (I am not one) but it seems to me this applies to all positions. DEA local says the Supt shall recommend to the board compensation plans for all District employees and that they may include wage and salary structures, stipends, benefits and incentives. It also says the Supt shall recommend to the Board an amount for employee pay increases as part of the annual budget. It also says a contract employee's pay shall not be increased after performance on the contract has begun unless there is a change in the employee's job assignments or duties that warrants additional compensation "Any such changes in pay during the term of the contract shall require Board approval." For noncontract employees the Supt must report any such pay increases to the Board at the next regular meeting. It's not clear to me how DEA (local) changes DC (legal) except that legal is state law.
4. Ann replies said on 7/1/13 - 01:31PM
Board policy and state law are available on the website as DC (legal), DC (local) and DEA (local). It's confusing to me except that I think DC legal controls because it is state law. However, we need a legal ruling on this.
5. Dennis Killy said on 7/2/13 - 06:15PM
Thank you Ms. Sutherland for exposing what could only be characterized as a mindless waste of citizen/taxpayer funds.
6. Ann Replies said on 7/2/13 - 09:28PM
Thank you for your comment, Mr. Killy.
7. Taxpayer, Parent, Concerned about Schools said on 7/6/13 - 03:02PM
Dr. Ann Sutherland, keep it up. You are a breath of fresh air long overdue. Your recent experience with the 'mean girls' and 'bullies' of the FWISD only heightened a long running core problem. They are even too short sighted to comprehend the term "blow back." Hope you had a good 4th July holiday and this recent Star Telegram editorial letter says it all: Ooooh, Ann Sutherland isn’t a team player! Oh, no — Mary Kelleher isn’t a team player either. (See: “Trustee calls board censure ‘ridiculous,’ ” Monday) What’s happening to the “Fort Worth way,” as former Mayor Mike Moncrief liked to describe it? Well, the dirty little secret is that neither Sutherland nor Kelleher are Fort Worthers, born and bred. They don’t dance to the band of the ruling elite. A school district that has experienced 20 years of mismanagement and corruption in construction along with marginal student achievement should welcome an outsider with a different set of educational experiences and a personal education that exceeds that of other board members. Kelleher, too, is making waves on the water district board. Mary is no slouch when it comes to education and intelligence, and that doesn’t fit the board model. The Tarrant Regional Water District is behind the billion-dollar Trinity River Vision boondoggle and eminent domain abuse that needs intelligent oversight just as much as the school district. “Team player and consensus supporter” equals mediocrity and a go-along-to-get-along attitude. Fort Worth deserves better. Sutherland and Kelleher are movers and shakers and both are likely to see strong support in their next elections. — Clyde Picht, Fort Worth
8. Accountability said on 7/6/13 - 03:11PM
Excerpt from S/T editor letter. Your censure was a blessing: ___ Ooooh, Ann Sutherland isn’t a team player! Oh, no — Mary Kelleher isn’t a team player either. (See: “Trustee calls board censure ‘ridiculous,’ ” Monday) What’s happening to the “Fort Worth way,” as former Mayor Mike Moncrief liked to describe it? Well, the dirty little secret is that neither Sutherland nor Kelleher are Fort Worthers, born and bred. They don’t dance to the band of the ruling elite. A school district that has experienced 20 years of mismanagement and corruption in construction along with marginal student achievement should welcome an outsider with a different set of educational experiences and a personal education that exceeds that of other board members. Kelleher, too, is making waves on the water district board. Mary is no slouch when it comes to education and intelligence, and that doesn’t fit the board model. “Team player and consensus supporter” equals mediocrity and a go-along-to-get-along attitude. Fort Worth deserves better. Sutherland and Kelleher are movers and shakers and both are likely to see strong support in their next elections. — Clyde Picht, Fort Worth
9. Amazed and Disappointed said on 7/10/13 - 09:06PM
Missing Dr. Johnson yet?


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