As a retiree from Maggie Walker Governor’s School, I am constantly bombarded with requests for money for who knows what. As I have written here before, teachers in Central Virginia have not had a raise since the 2008-2009 school year. A search of the school website showed a conflicting message about finances.
A review of the minutes of the January 16, 2014 budget session demonstrates some rather strange contradictions. The general faculty will receive a “whopping” raise of 2% as some are asked to teach more classes, thus significantly raising the workload. A course or two may be dropped, and other minor adjustments may be made. But wait, there’s more.
The budget includes a $13,000 raise for an administrator whose sole job is to overlook the curriculum of the school. (Please see 01-16-2014 meeting of the regional board of the Budget Work session on the school’s website.) The Board justifies this outrage by having this educrat work a few more weeks in the summer. It mystified me how an organization that claims to be short on cash seems to find funds to pay such increases while asking the bulk of their employees to continue to experience a decreasing standard of living.
I would love to be a fly on the wall when the leadership of the school gives the usual “let’s-do-more-with-less” speech. If it believes that its administrative staff is underpaid, let them go out into the pool of mid-management talent and find out what the job market in the real world is really like. This is an example of why the public has lost faith in education.
– Les Schreiber