Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Should This Be Illegal?

At $262,797 a year, retiring Coopersville superintendent is by far highest paid school chief in West Michigan

It shows O'Neill, leading a 2,600-student district, out-earns Grand Rapids Superintendent Bernard Taylor, who gets $216,321 in salary and annuity to lead the region's largest district, at 18,700 students.

O'Neill's pay also approaches what Thomas Haas makes as Grand Valley State University president: $225,000 in salary and $40,000 in deferred compensation. Haas' perks also include a university-provided house.

Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler is the highest-paid suburban school chief, and appeared to be the highest-paid superintendent when The Press did its survey. He is paid $210,961 and has asked for a pay freeze in each of the past two years. Rockford has 8,000 students.


It is unlikely any of you have heard of this school district, it's population is a mixture of farmers and middle income suburbanites. Not a poor district but certainly not a wealthy one.

This brings to mind the case in Bell, California.

We have elected officials getting into office and raiding our piggy bank.

Now the most obvious solution is to vote all of the school board members in this district. Is that enough though?

This man has his money, money the people of this district will not see again. Further, his pension is likely based on his salary so it is the gift that keeps giving.

How long do we continue to tolerate this? What constitutes "high pay" and when does it turn into embezzlement?



Ticker said...

Is there any wonder why education fails? Why there is always a call for more money because students are suffering?
If you figure in the layers of "post-turtle bureaucrats calling themselves administrators under these so called superintendents the budget would be that of a mid-sized city.
Just what the hang has this individual and others like him who demand such salaries done to earn them? In some cases they may have attained a doctorate in education administration or some such but in many cases they have less education than the teachers they supposedly are there to supervise. Does even a doctorate in public administration or education admin demand such a salary? Hardly! The cost in attaining such a level of education is reasonable even at some of the better institutions of higher learning.(that is if there are indeed any left)
So if the programs are so inexpensive so to speak and the experience level of most of these overpaid individuals is no more than some excellent teachers have who are struggling along on less than $60K a year why are they being paid that much?
I can only figure that some bunch of liberals think that throwing money at something will make it better. Oh and yep there are bastions of liberals in the hinterlands of farm country as well.
I have always been an advocate of cutting the upper and mid management in education to the bone and then putting the principals in a position of make it or move on. Same with teachers. Pay them on a production level so to speak.

This superintendent, I would be willing to bet, is not being paid on how well students perform or teachers for that matter, only on how good they can make him look on paper. Looking good on paper and doing a real job ain't the same thing.
Time to cut to the bone and stop throwing good money after bad and especially money at such a ridiculous rate to individuals who have nothing more going for them than a padded resume from the last place who was so glad to get rid of him that they would say anything.

Now if any of this makes sense I will be surprised. It's barely 5AM and I certainly have not had even the first cup of coffee.

Always On Watch said...

Typically, those in administrative position in the public school systems rake in big money -- particularly high up on the ladder.


Well, when the pension funds go bust, there will be hell to pay.

Chuck said...

Ticker, you are making plenty of sense for not having coffee yet. As far as cutting to the bone, I could not agree more. At one time the Grand Rapids public school system, with 20,000 students at that time, had 4 assistant Superintendents all making more than $100,000/year.

AOW, this is beyond high