Tribune and Math Club, Take Three… — 12/28/2011

“Stewardship” says:

Alright,

Let’s try this again with simple bullet points.

  • Postings on this thread and on the Landmark site prove my assertions regarding ideology. (I don’t care about the New Jersey Fatman. People are leaving his state at a similar rate as those leaving ours). Punishing RBHS is NOT going to influence what goes on in Springfield.
  • Balderman, Herbst, McClosky, and Marciniak are gone! Yet people choose to punish the school and community for things that happened in the past. You can’t change the past but you can influence the future.
  • You get paid well for what you do, why shouldn’t the teachers?
  • You keep talking about having the best school of our size; guess what, we already do! Please rephrase to having the best school we are willing to pay for. They are not the same
  • You never addressed my assumptions about cuts. Do you agree or disagree with me? I have watched the past few board meetings on RBTV, and I have read the PMA report. It doesn’t take someone with an MBA to figure out what is most likely going to happen, and what’s going to take place will not be pretty.
  • What I am most disappointed with, is the apathy of the people in this district. There are over 1000 families sending their children to the school and more to follow, yet most really don’t seem to care.; and that is great news for those who want to take down the school.
  • So all I read and saw prior to the referendum was your version of supporting it?
  • Time will tell, but I’m glad my children attended RBHS when they did, because the school will never be as good (for the students), again. When you look at the Tribune rankings and then factor in our size and demographics, 38th is looking great. I don’t have the time right now but I bet that if you did an analysis of the average salaries of the schools above us, RB is in the ballpark which would then establish a notion that you get what you pay for.
POSTED WEDNESDAY DEC 28, 2011 14:31 #
i reply:

Let’s try this again with simple bullet points.
–-OK, happy to continue the conversation.

— Postings on this thread and on the Landmark site prove my assertions regarding ideology. (I don’t care about the New Jersey Fatman. People are leaving his state at a similar rate as those leaving ours). Punishing RBHS is NOT going to influence what goes on in Springfield.

If integrity, planning, managing and budgeting are ideology, I’ll plead guilty –- otherwise, please proffer a cite. Rationalizing RB is not “punishing” RB. RB was punished by ten or so years of feckless leadership that left the problems we are now facing. Why namecall (“New Jersey Fatman”)?

— Balderman, Herbst, McClosky, and Marciniak are gone! Yet people choose to punish the school and community for things that happened in the past. You can’t change the past but you can influence the future.

No one is punishing anyone, everyone should be dealing with today’s reality, 90-some percent of which was made by ten years of feckless leadership, etc. That’s what “turnarounds” are (btw, it’s ‘McCloskey’).

— You get paid well for what you do, why shouldn’t the teachers?

I have consistently said that no one should get upset with teachers being paid what they bargain for –- and our board agrees to. The teachers deserve the best deal they can get. We do, too – and we have every right to encourage the board to drive a hard bargain, since the board represents us (the community) the same way the union represents the teachers.

— You keep talking about having the best school of our size; guess what, we already do! Please rephrase to having the best school we are willing to pay for. They are not the same

Not good enough. In the past five years we have averaged about half-a-dozen admittances per year to “most selective” or “most competitive” schools. Precisely because of our size and committed parents, I believe that can and should be increased, though it is not by any means the only indicia, and RB is not by any stretch exclusively college prep, nor do I know anyone who wants to make it that way.

— You never addressed my assumptions about cuts. Do you agree or disagree with me? I have watched the past few board meetings on RBTV, and I have read the PMA report. It doesn’t take someone with an MBA to figure out what is most likely going to happen, and what’s going to take place will not be pretty.

I thanked Dave Monti and Matt Sinde on the Landmark website for their courage in re-opening the contract. This is high-stakes, and i too have said it will be difficult for both sides. What they eventually agree to is up to the teachers -– and the board. No need to handicap. Here is what I said on November 11: “one hopes that unlike 2007-2008, we of the community will see our fiduciaries take on their thoughtful and appropriate role with respect to the union, as they have since may (sic) with the budget and management of RB, so that all elements of d208 have confidence that their points were well made in the ultimate resolution of the very deep fiscal crisis that is the legacy of the last board and its many failures.”
That point embraced my October 14 suggestion: “3. Seek all possible economies within current contracts, obligations, programs, physical plant, etc.”

— What I am most disappointed with, is the apathy of the people in this district. There are over 1000 families sending their children to the school and more to follow, yet most really don’t seem to care.; and that is great news for those who want to take down the school.

I know no one who is trying to ‘take down’ the school. It is more name-calling. When a referendum loses 79/21, I understand the desire to blame the voters. See how that works for you and let me know.

— So all I read and saw prior to the referendum was your version of supporting it?

I referred to being one of the active, public Citizens’ Committee supporters of the 2006 building fund referendum. As long as you ask re the 2011 education fund referendum, I am happy to point out that after the Landmark’s illegal campaigning story, I wrote in the Landmark on March 29: “I have never liked the referendum, but I carefully told folks who did that they should vote for it. No more. It must be repudiated. The illegal campaign taints it beyond acceptability.”

Time will tell, but I’m glad my children attended RBHS when they did, because the school will never be as good (for the students), again. When you look at the Tribune rankings and then factor in our size and demographics, 38th is looking great. I don’t have the time right now but I bet that if you did an analysis of the average salaries of the schools above us, RB is in the ballpark which would then establish a notion that you get what you pay for.

38th is simply not good enough for our kids, their futures or the rapidly-changing world in which we live and they will earn their livings. (The tribune, btw, reported on December 22 that our average teacher salary, at $95,138, is 18th out of 868 districts.) 

Is turnabout fair play? Here are my questions for you:

1) The main issue RB faces today is: ____________________.

2) The best solution to that issue is: _____________________.

3) RB is best understood as: ____________________________.

4) When I say the goal of some of my neighbors is to “takedown the school,” what I mean specifically is: _____________.

5) When I say others are “punishing” RB, what I mean specifically is: ___________.

6) Neither I, nor my spouse, derive any income from District 208. (True) (False)

Thanks!

POSTED WEDNESDAY DEC 28, 2011 20:51 #
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