Feb 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm #160442
What does anyone think of this mess? Did the outgoing school board members screw over the public by voting in the big raises? Could they save some money by cutting administrative positions, secretaries, and coaches? Just asking.Feb 27, 2014 at 5:49 am #161791
The partial answer my friend is that the school board voted on a contract with 2% per year raises for the next 4 years. Take 2% of say a $80,000 salary or $63,000 or $47,000 and there you have the raises for older, middle, and young teachers. How can you break a contract that was agreed to and signed off on? I have no clue what they are doing there in Blackhawk.Feb 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm #161792
If you’ve watched the school board meetings (thanks Matt Young, they’re on the school website). The board didn’t even compute how much impact the raises would have on the budget over three years. They just asked Michelle Miller and the Business Manager if the school district could afford the raise, and they said, “Yes.” If the answer is really “no,” the Business Manager needs to go the way of Michelle Miller. So should any remaining school board members who voted for the raises. This will result in a significant increase in taxes and maybe layoffs.
And I don’t believe their fancy pants, Stanford attorney. There’s no way out of this contract. Both sides bargained in good faith. The school board just didn’t do their due diligence. Cut your losses, cut teachers if you need to, but don’t waste taxpayer money on litigation that will go nowhere.@epicshoolboardfailMar 2, 2014 at 10:28 am #163942
If you are interested in getting more information on the topic Parents for Blackhawk Teachers has created a Facebook page with lots of information.Mar 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm #165936
Hi, I am the creator of the aforementioned facebook page….and I think it is very important to remember this issue is entirely about rescinding a contract illegally which is in turn going to be expensive for the schoolboard to litigate and more than likely come out on the losing end. The board and their cronies have been using scare tactics to try to make the public think it is in dire straights the fact of the matter is while we need to be prudent in spending in the district this was a fair good faith negotiation that should have never been rescinded. We contend that the legal advice they received is faulty, and this conflict will be a detriment to finding a new superintendent….the teachers and communities trust were broken in the new board second month of serving and a way to build that bridge back would be to reinstate the contract. One note we have a cash reserve that is there for a reason although it is nice to have a cushion school districts are not a for profit so if there is extra it means at some point we were overtaxed so either give it back to the taxpayers like Scott Walker did or put it into funding our teachers contracts.Mar 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm #167265
Nice. You most definitely aren’t a for profit business. You have a little savings and feel the right thing to do is immediately inflate your costs. Make sure you stay in a non profit government job. You couldn’t last anywhere else.Mar 10, 2014 at 8:56 am #169280
@melissaZiegler I don’t think the school board is wrong to consider the realities of the budget and the potential effect on tax rates of the teacher raises. They obviously should have done it in September, but that was a different school board, a lame duck school board either looking to screw over the public on their way out or relying on incorrect information from the business manager. Either way, the locals aren’t willing to pay higher taxes. The board knows that, and they are at least being realistic by discussing staffing cuts. In the end the teachers will get their raises, and cuts will be made. The easiest would be pre-school, the arts, and hopefully admin and support positions. When the secretaries are playing computer games during work hours, you know there’s room for staff reduction. Why are games even accessible on work computers? Anyway, it’s a contract issue, but one with consequences, no matter the outcome.Mar 11, 2014 at 2:52 am #169949
SILENCE!!! SILENCE Melissa Ziegler!!! Your Quote: “One note we have a cash reserve that is there for a reason although it is nice to have a cushion school districts are not a for profit so if there is extra it means at some point we were overtaxed so either give it back to the taxpayers like Scott Walker did or put it into funding our teachers contracts.”
I just about spilled my coffee at my desk on night turn shift reading that quote! Are you from Colorado? If not, you could have fooled me! Are you a fool? All school districts need an extra cushion of $$$ for unexpected expenditures. Why in the hell would you put it (an extra financial $$$ cushion) in the teachers contracts? That doesn’t help the school PROGRESS any. That doesn’t benefit the school children’s learning curve. I ask again, Are you from Colorado?
Take that money and hold on to it for a rainy day. For instance when there is a time for another tax increase in the future, you can put it towards the increase and cut down on that tax increase if it is due to teacher raises. Or if there is structure problems in the school you can get it repaired. Or if you need computers for the kids, or need to invest in educational tools that the teachers can use to teach with… use it for the benefits of the CHILDREN! Not padding someone’s pocket! Spend it on IMPROVING the school’s educational system – not padding some pockets just because you have a surplus! Now take your toke and hold the smoke and think about that. YOU’RE WELCOME!!!