I attended the MUSD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday June 12.
One item under new business 9-A made me particularly sad. It called for the indiscriminate termination of services of five adult educator certificated employees and budget restraints were given as the reason for the layoffs. The major impact of this action would be a loss of jobs to five full-time teachers. I can only presume the motive for this action was budget driven.
When questioned about the loss of services (education) to adults, staff explained that all the services would remain intact as well as the days to deliver those services. Staff went on to explain that the layoffs of five full-time teachers would be offset by the hiring of five part-time teachers. Five full-time teachers would lose their jobs and benefits. While this is sad, a case can be made that this was a fiscally sound decision, or so I thought until item 9-B.
Item 9-B requested employment agreements for a deputy superintendent and associate superintendent of business and operations.
The deputy superintendent (a new position) will have a base salary of $138,500 plus $1,700 stipend for a doctoral degree, along with a $750 automobile allowance. The deputy will receive $14,163 annually for health and welfare benefits. The position also has an expense reimbursement clause.
The associate superintendent of business and operations will have a base salary of $127,937 ($3,000 increase) along with a $750 per month automobile allowance. Health and welfare benefits, $14,163. The position also has an expense reimbursement clause. All of this is on top of a reduction of 36 working days for the year. More money less work.
I am sure the deputy is worth every cent of his pay. I am equally sure the associate superintendent is worthy of his salary. Those five full-time teachers also deserve a job. The priority of budget and fiscal woes always seem to fall heaviest on those least able to sacrifice. Even the children pay a heavy price. Classrooms exceeding 30 to 35 students are not good environments to bolster quality learning. We are in the business of teaching, it takes teachers to do that.