“We need your help to have your child have the correct race and ethnicity so that it is reported to the state and federal governments with student performance.”
This is one sentence of a very poorly written document that was sent to parents by the Chief of Accountability for the district who earns $141,362. This Chief has a Doctorate Degree in Education that was most likely paid for by the district. A Doctor of Education at 690 St. Paul St. earns $119,268 for watching adults at the Alternative Work Location. The Chief of Staff, a position that didn’t exist ten years ago, is a Doctor of Education who earned $218,323 in the 2010-11 school year. These three positions take nearly $500,000 dollars away from the education of children. The average cost of earning a doctorate degree is approximately $250,000. That is another $750,000 dollars that our children never received for their education. These are three examples, there are more!
Interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas recently saved this district $400,000 by letting go two Chiefs and the Deputy Superintendent. There is a great deal more work to be done. It appears that Dr. Vargas is willing to make the tough decisions necessary to create a healthier school district. He ordered the budget audit, and is meeting with stakeholders on June 6th to receive input on how best to improve education. However, this community must not forget the past.
When Dr. Cala came to the district as Interim Superintendent he made similar decisions to cut from within and work with the community. Instead of retaining Dr. Cala, the Board of Education decided to spend $100,000 in search of a better person for the position. They hired Brizard who increased the SEG more than two-fold and created a divide so wide between the district and the community and teachers that a vote of “No Confidence” was taken against him by both groups.
Spending educational dollars on a host of specialists who have yet to identify the problem hasn’t worked. Dr. Vargas can be the general practitioner this community needs to heal its educational woes. One Doctor of Education, one community of healthy educated children.