Almost $500,000 a year base pay plus benefits for the superintendent, a $500 raise for our teachers. That’s backwards!
A 24% raise went to the superintendent in only his second year of work at that position compared to a 3% raise for (new) teachers--an even smaller percentage for more experienced teachers. Many of these TUSD employees have provided years and years of service- this really gives the wrong message to teachers and all the other valuable staff that make our schools run. It prioritizes keeping central administration far more than keeping those who work directly with our students.
400 teachers GONE this year: We can do better!
Despite promises from the HR department, there are still no exit surveys performed when teachers or staff leave. Many of them resign mid-season (having to pay a premium to leave before their contract was up) and the District's idea that we are seeing a normal turnover of baby boomers just doesn't hold water.
Let's ask the teachers what they need in order to stay! Let's have opportunities to collaborate across sites, create their own professional development and let's pay them for it. Finally, let’s put together a system of whistleblower protection so that they have a safe and secure way to air grievances and issues without endangering their jobs.
Financial transparency: Let's make it happen!
Let's track the spending of desegregation dollars and other designated funding sources. Over the 40 years of the deseg case against TUSD, more than a Billion dollars have been spent. But after all this time there is still not an easy way to track those expenditures.
A Board block that votes together almost all of the time, and almost always in favor of the superintendent? That’s not what democracy looks like!
Politics and personalities persist. We need Board members who can work together to reach solutions to the problems that affect our children. Our students, parents, teachers, and staff deserve better.
From all the positive feedback I received, I can report that our campaign is gaining momentum! I look forward to future forum opportunities. I fully appreciate the Rotary Club for providing this opportunity to talk about the issues.