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Small School Districts Have Salary Problems

July 22, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: A recent reader wanted to make the case that the superintendent of the Jamestown schools, making $165,000, is overpaid for a district of 5,100 students? A quick check of......

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Jul-23-13 12:38 PM

Then again, some of these high-profile superintendents that flit around the country with impressive credentials are nothing but bums that only stay long enough in order to not be held accountable. They leave before the school districts get wise to the fact that they could have had someone just as good, if not better, for much less money.

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Jul-23-13 9:25 AM

One thing everyone missed is that this new Jamestown Superintendent comes with very little if any true experience inrunning an entire school district. Maybe they should have looked at hiring an experienced adminsitrater. Maybe the school board finally is hiring outside help who will eliminate some of the Jamestown old boys corruption and will cut some of the "deadwood" that seems to be hanging around the admin offices.

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Jul-23-13 7:14 AM


That maybe true at very small schools like Clymer or Ripley. But I know most schools have a principal in each building. And sometimes two in each building if Middle and High school are combined.

Bottom line is we need to merge admins. and districts. That would be a good start. Then merge whole schools shortly down the road.

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Jul-23-13 3:01 AM

DianaC, you're totally correct and everything you say is a solid argument for getting rid of the Federal Dept. of Education, if not completely, then drastically reducing it's size and scope of micromanaging public education.

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Jul-22-13 9:45 PM

"reporting tasks" means filing papers, filling out forms, making phone calls, pushing papers etc. None of this educates the student. Oh, one other task-tell the teachers what to do, like they don't already know.

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Jul-22-13 8:30 PM

For many districts reducing administrative salary budgets required a reduction in state and federal mandates. A significant amount of admin hours is spent on reporting tasks required by the state and federal governments.

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Jul-22-13 7:36 PM

Too many superintendents at over $100000 salary. Just because the dollars are bigger in a budget does not neccesarily translate into more time spent doing the job. It just means certain contracts are larger. We need to reduce administration costs. Sharedvservices are the way to go.

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Jul-22-13 5:42 PM

Jamestown has about 6 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and a high school. That's a lot of buildings and staff for a superintendent to be in charge of. As for the small districts, why do they all need a superintendent when sharing would make sense? The original letter this writer was responding to was the one who wanted to compare districts with the same student populations (I think Jamestown and Millcreek in PA). This writer was responding to that. I agree with her. Too many little schools who think "merging" means joining football and wrestling teams. And their kids are not getting the education they need because the school is too small to offer the courses they need. Too bad these small towns don't want better for their kids.

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Jul-22-13 4:24 PM

Most small schools have a principal and a super for K-12. How many administrators does Jamestown have and what does their total salaries add up to?

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Jul-22-13 2:43 PM

Stupid letter.

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Jul-22-13 11:12 AM

Really? You can't base the cost of administration on the number of students. It still takes the same amount of people to run the show. I am in agreement that school districts need to combine, but this assumption is incorrect.

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