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With regard to the caller who seemed to think teacher salaries were the cause of deferred maintenance because the only large salaries in a school district are teacher salaries, I would suggest examining the local school district budget. It is true that teacher salaries are more easily accessible by the public than administrative salaries. Time to change that.
It is also true that when I talk to legislators about the subject of administrator salaries, I hear that my complaint is true in many other districts.
I live in a district where teachers worked days for free in the last recession--don't tell me that teachers don't live in the real world!
But after times got better, administrators got a raise and teachers didn't. The school board did not understand why anyone would be angry about that, but that public anger led eventually to a new superintendent and a new school board.
We now have a new supt. and a new school board ---and a new recession. And school board members who can't understand why they should have had a recorded vote on the last promotion to asst. supt. and pay increases at the asst. supt., deputy supt. etc. pay level.
No school administrator is worth over $120,000. NO public administrator in the state of Oregon deserves a car allowance ---unless it is a job with constant statewide travel putting lots of miles on a car. Why not just reimbursement per mile like outside sales people?
I was a school substitute in 2 counties over 15 years in over 60 schools. For 10 of those years I had a weekend retail job to have predictable income. I understand what real work in the real world is like. And I am tired of hearing teachers bashed for costly salaries and administrators never mentioned. What on earth does an administrator do to earn that kind of money?
Or is it a Wall Street-style "what the market will bear" situation, and some people think bashing teachers as overpaid will distract from that fact?
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