Three more administrators?

By From page A6 | April 24, 2014

Why exactly does the Davis Joint Unified School District need three more administrators sitting in the district office? Why exactly is the superintendent pushing so hard to use our tax money to hire them rather than to help teachers directly improve their students’ experience in the classroom?

I couldn’t care less about his new “strategic plan,” which “needs more administrators to make it work.” Really. How on Earth does that goal match the new district mission to “provide optimal conditions for all students to learn”? What exactly is optimal for our kids about a bunch of new adults sitting around hauling down big paychecks?

This Wall Street pattern of paying big money to management and less to the people doing the actual work has nauseated lots of Americans, including me, and now we find it down the street in our own district offices. Class sizes are still high, the endless cutbacks of the past six years have not been restored, and the teachers haven’t had a cost-of-living increase since 2006 despite the assistant superintendent’s admonition that teacher salaries are not his No. 1 priority.

Where exactly is Winfred Roberson’s plan to provide an “optimal condition for all students to learn”? No wonder he’s also asking the board for a full-time public relations person!

Sherrill Futrell

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