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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Duval County's misplaced spending priorities

In the past 8 months the Duval County School board has added numerous members to it’s district staff culminating with the creation of a new chief of school position filled by Jacqueline Byrd. A hefty pay raise will undoubtedly accompany this promotion.

We also created, 4 new public relations positions, a new chief officer for information and the list goes on and on and what do they all have in common? They are all getting paid more and in most cases a lot more than teachers.

In 2008 there were 33 employees making over a hundred thousand dollars, that number, during the height of the recession, jumped to 47 in 2010 and is certainly higher today, furthermore in 2010 another two dozen district staff making over 90 thousand. Of the school board employees that make over a hundred grand a handful are principals but the majority are administrators, who don’t have any direct student responsibilities.

Now I am all for people making money but why are they making so much money? Nobody would do the job for eighty thousand dollars? Be careful if you use the, to attract talent you need to pay for it, argument because you might just insult seven thousand teachers who haven’t seen a raise for years and are well under the national average in salary.

Why are we creating all these high paying positions when most teachers I know have to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars out of their own pockets for the essentials? Why are we creating high priced admins at the same time we have been cutting teachers?

Chris Guerrieri
School Teacher

1 comment:

  1. You are the only person I have heard that speaks the truth about the DCSB and DCPS. They are not only on the way down If nothing happens soon they will be eliminated by the state. We don't need ex-mayors or any ex-politicians involved in the education of Duval County School Education. They have screwed it up enough! ! !