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School Board to Consider Compensation at Monday’s Meeting

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    A resolution will be introduced at the Central Community School Board meeting this coming Monday which, if passed, will result in School Board members receiving pay.  As presented, the resolution sets pay at $800 per month for each Board Member and $900 per month for the Board President.  The pay would go into effect next Friday, July 15th, if the resolution is approved as written.  The Board may also consider amendments to this resolution at the meeting.  Citizens wishing to express an opinion on this matter are encouraged to attend the meeting or to contact their School Board representative prior to the meeting.  The compensation considered is similar to the $800 per month currently being received by Central's City Council.  The School Board has asked that the following notice be published:

PUBLIC NOTICE

    The Central Community School Board will consider compensation of school board members at its regularly scheduled board meeting on July 11, 2011. The meeting will be held at Kristenwood Catering and Reception located at 14025 Greenwell Springs Road, Central, La.

18 Comments

  1. Maria L.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

    You have got to be kidding me! They just get elected this year, and now they want to vote themselves pay! This, at a time when the Central teachers are not getting a raise and our health insurance premiums for teachers are going up, which technically means all the teachers in the system are taking a pay cut! Also, as I said on another posting on this last week…why is this being done in July when most teachers and school staff are on vacation? Why are they voting on it Monday night and then taking the money starting Friday? What’s the rush? Why don’t they wait and discuss this in August or September when more teachers and parents attend school board meetings for input? Something stinks here! If they want pay..fine. But it should not take place until the next term starts. You should not get elected, knowing the position doesn’t pay, and then vote yourself money! this was talked about in a posting last week on here. Mr. Holmes made some very good points on this too. Everyone needs to show up at this board meeting to speak against this!

  2. Another Central resident

    July 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Typical, Typical, Typical. We have workers being arrested for not following bid laws. Now we have school board system want to get paid when they ran knowing good and well there currently wasn’t any compensation. If you want to get paid then step aside and let someone else take over your position. This is what happens when a big pot of tax money is given to a group of people in the education field who feel they have been unjustified in their compensation for many years. Instead of giving pay raises to teachers we are going to line our pockets. From the original articles last week in regards to the budget it showed the direction our school system is headed. The budget was increased for administration but budget was reduced for teachers. What a joke. We will be broke in no time. Wake up Central residents. We didn’t create our own school system to have our tax money thrown around like it was chump change. It is time for some CCSS administrators to go as well as school board memembers. Please do the right thing for Central and resign today.

  3. Maria L.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Whose name is on the resolution? Who is the board member that is bringing this up?

  4. Another Central resident

    July 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

    If this passes every board member who votes yea should be tarred and feathered at City Hall. Maybe this will wake our politicians up that we the citizens will be heard.

    • dave

      July 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

      Jon Simmons emailed this to be posted as he is traveling without access to a computer. Jon writes:

      I posted about this (and emailed the Board) when it first came out; this is an update of that post.

      As with every important issue, I hope everyone will get as informed as possible and then let your elected officials know what you think.

      I have several questions about this issue:

      – Can (or should) any compensation proposal be introduced and voted upon at the same meeting?

      – Why did it not go to an appropriate committee first? Human Resources/Policies and/or (especially) Finance?

      -Is there anything in the present budget for Board pay?

      – When will all details of any proposal be made available for the public?

      – Why is the Board considering starting their compensation at the highest possible level allowed by law?

      – How should the present status of teacher pay (both in Central and compared to surrounding systems) factor into this decision?

      – Why is it being brought up at this particular time?

      This issue has come up in previous discussions, and my opinion remains the same:
      – In general, I’m not innately opposed to the idea of paying members of a school board. For what it’s worth, although most districts in Louisiana do pay their boards, 69% of similar-sized systems nationwide do not.
      – Any compensation must be clearly defined and consistent with comparable governing bodies.
      – Obviously, the money must be available in the budget, with consideration toward the system’s financial future.
      – The board should strongly consider how a decision to begin paying themselves would be perceived in the existing economic climate by taxpayers, system employees & especially teachers.
      – No elected official should be able to raise (or establish) their own compensation package within their current term.

      Here in Central, every person who has campaigned for, won election to, or been appointed to the School Board has done so knowing that it was a nonpaid position. The voters who elected the current Board members knew the same. If the Board members decide to change this condition, it should not take effect until after the following election, so the voters can consider the members’ decisions as part of their evaluation.

  5. curious

    July 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    These are things I am pondering in regards to both school board salaries and teacher pay:
    1. How many schools systems in the state have school boards that do not receive compensation? If they do receive $, how is the $ determined? Is there a pay scale based on years served or is it left up to the individual board? Is all of the salary paid by the system or does the state provide some type of assistance?
    2. How much and where is the money coming from to pay for all of the coaches for the high school? I notice that there are about 42 coaches listed just for high school. Many of them are not even certified teachers. If they are volunteers, do they get paid? If so, then where is that money coming from?
    3. How many “non-certified” teachers or coaches are there in the school system? Are school system funds being used to pay their salaries?

    I believe that if we can pay “volunteer” coaches then the school board should also get paid. If there are special funds, fundraising or donations being used to pay for the coaches, then we should also do the same for the school board.

    • dave

      July 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Curious,

      I will answer the questions I can, and leave the rest to someone with more facts.
      1) I have seen the listing of Louisiana school systems and the pay varies from little or none all the way to the state maximum, which is what our School Board is considering. I am almost certain there is no instance of direct state support. Each individual School Board sets their own compensation levels, and there is no scale.
      2) The school board office (262-1919) can give you that information. A related question should be whether the athletic program revenues offset any of those costs. Possibly not, I’m not sure.
      3) My understanding is that 100% of Central’s teachers are certified, even coaches.

      Finally, an observation: Almost all of the comments I have heard echo the same themes: 1) Many feel that elected officials should not be allowed to vote themselves a raise. Very few people have said they have any problem with a School Board setting compensation for the Board elected in a frew years. It is not about WHETHER Board Members deserve pay, it is about WHEN it takes effect. 2) I wish every teacher and administrator and staff worker and support worker and even School Board Member in the CCSS could make a BUNCH of money. I love the idea of having the greatest school system in the world. HOWEVER, there is this matter of not having an unlimited budget. So, if our Board wants Board Members paid, start the pay NEXT election cycle and if our employees work at 80% of the state average, pay the Board 80% of the state average, not 100% of the state maximum.

  6. Maria L.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Mr. Simmons questions are right on! This appears to be being rushed through in the summer when teachers are off! No pay raise for teachers in the last three years, but board members think they deserve to be paid??? If I were the people with Cookin in Central, I wouldnt’ do a thing more. The money that they are raising for the schools is now being used to pay board members in one fashion or another. School board can’t pay for basic supplies like paper and stuff at the schools, so Cookin has to raise funds to give to the schools. Then, the school board decides to take money that should be being used to buy paper and supplies and instead wants to spend it on themselves for pay! Shameful!

  7. Let your voice speak

    July 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Without teachers coming forward to speak against this, it will pass. We need every teacher possible to show up. Numbers speak volumes. Please rally the teachers.

    Thanks

  8. Mike Mannino

    July 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Right on Dave. I would like to see the compensation level set by the size of the district in comparison to neighboring districts. If EBR is receiving the maximum, then Centrals should be a percentage of that based on EBR enrollment vs Central. In any case, this should not take affect until a new board takes office.

  9. Maria L.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Emails have been circulating asking teachers to show up. Problem is that it is summertime and many are gone. Also, most teachers are afraid to go up to the podium to speak against it for fear of retaliation.

  10. Central Resident

    July 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Maria,

    I have not seen the answer to your question of which board member put the compensation item on the agenda. Per the adenda for tonight’s meeting it appears it was Dr. Gardner. Also on the agenda, item 17 states the Board will go into executive session for discussion of the Superintendent’s Yearly Evaluation, also by Dr. Gardner. Just FYI.

  11. Maria L.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Well, I hear they voted themselves to start getting pay. Thank you Ms. Atkinson and Mr. Easly for voting to not accept your pay. Thank you Ms. Atkinson for being the lone voice in opposition to board members getting paid. I hear that Mr. Lloyd was the main one who spoke for wanting pay and was the driving force behind this. Shame on HIM! This, coming from a man whose children do not even go to Central schools, is an embarassment! Looks like some people are interested in money rather than the best interest of our school system!

  12. curious

    July 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Where do I find the videos of the school board meeting? The last one I see listed is 3/28/11.

  13. Andrew K

    July 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    This is RIDICULOUS, they voted this in. I am disgusted that as the rest of our country struggles with budget debates because the elected officials earn too much money. Our school board, who let’s not forget just got in trouble for illegally giving contracts to a company in Zachary without offering public bids. Now they’ve decided to give themselves a raise?!?!?! FOR WHAT??? Name 1 thing this school board has done to help our school system. NAME 1 thing… Was it helping us lose millions the EBRPSB owed us for a new middle school? Because if we had just waited a little longer to incorporate our city… I graduated from Central in 2003 when it was still part of EBRP and it was a great school then, i have seen no change except the prices in ALL the stores have gone up and the property taxes have gone up so we can have a super school complex. I AM FURIOUS this passed… My bills are going up to pay for these schools.

    Central Speaks needs to post a large article in their paper listing who was responsible for this, who voted for and against this and ways to contact them and give them a piece of your mind. I was unable to attend the event due to surgery i had that day…. we need to repeal this.

    also, if your kids don’t go to central you shouldn’t be allowed on the school board. I say we vote that law in.

    Andrew Kuhlman

  14. confused_resident

    July 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    At what point are they going to explain to us why they deserve a raise when their employees are being arrested on their watch? I sure hope more comes out of this MIS tech thing and heads start to roll. A joke these poeple are…

  15. Another Central resident

    July 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Here is a link to the contact information:

    http://centralcss.org/school_board_/

  16. Maria L.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Is it true that Mr. Lloyd said he was going to donate his pay to an Arts League? Then, why did he vote to receive pay at all? If he wants to donate it somewhere, how about back to the school system? How about donate it to athletics or for supplies or ANYTHING back to the schools? Ms. Atkinson and Mr. Easly voted not to accept pay, meaning their pay stays in the school system. What in the world was Mr. Lloyd thinking? He’s taking his pay (money from the school system) and donating it to a cause outside of the school system. Can anyone make sense of that? Ridiculous!

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