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bubbafett April 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
No, the CBO just got a 5.5% raise. Another question though is why the board gave her a raise atRead Moreal l? She only has 3 months left on her contract and I think at $160K per year she was more than sufficiently compensated. And yes, we will all be paying for her now increased pension for the rest of her life. The people at the top always take care of themselves first and best. The School Board works for us and this is an election year. Make them earn it. When you see them around town, ask Charlie Mensinger or Nancy Thomas why they want to waste our kids money like this?
Nick April 16, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Mr. Marken knew the CBO from their days at Dublin Unified. It's a going away present for her atRead Morethe expense of the future of NUSD children. Wasn't it a few months ago that Mr. Marken was asking for support of his Measure to get more money for school facilities, this is why he was asking for it, so he can meet a promise he made to a "valued friend, when she made the jump with him to NUSD. When I look at the people the Board approves for hire, there is no one of color to match the demographics of NUSD. Most people of color won't even bother applying for those types of positions to save the embarrassment. I wouldn't wasting my time with Mensinger or Thomas, I just vote against them going forward. It's shocking that one hand is asking for money, but the other is just pocketing personally.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) April 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM
We are getting a new platform soon and things will be slowly updated. For now, I am the only editor Read Morefor 16 sites so I have to catch these things as readers bring them to me. Thanks for letting me know.
Mona Taplin April 17, 2014 at 01:09 AM
bubbafett, I am very well aware that schools are paid on the basis of attendance. There is nothing Read Morenew about that. It's been happening for as far back as I can remember. If the system of gaining credits needs to be changed, it isn't going to be done by complaining in this forum. It's going to take a large group of people presenting valid reasons for making the change. Just saying the only reason they want kids in the classroom for the funding isn't enough,- and just getting good grades isn't enough. Several years back, a youngster in my family was legally absent very frequently in her Jr and Sr year. She was very well liked, and teachers gave her excellent grades,- mostly A's,- including a grade of A in PE, which she could not participate in. She enrolled in college, and discovered she was in way over her head. She had to drop out because of failing grades long before that year was over,- not because she wasn't trying, but because of grades she hadn't earned. I remember another little guy who got really great grades on his report card,- but at the end of the year it was recommended he be held back.Talk about confusion! If you really want to make some changes, then make them in grading. Honest grades and honest report card comments would go a long way towards helping students get the help they need when they need it instead of letting them feel totally lost later on.
Mona Taplin April 17, 2014 at 01:18 AM
Jennifer Snyder, I agree with a lot of what you are saying. But look at the last election. ONERead Moreper son ran for the one vacant seat on the school board, and no one challenged the board members up for re-election. People complain constantly about the bad job elected officials do, but won't even consider running for office themselves. How can we elect good people for office if no one will run?
Mona Taplin April 17, 2014 at 01:34 AM
Nadja, I have said many times that if I had a school age child today, I would strongly considerRead Morehome schooling if I were able to stay home and do so. Lot's of reasons for it. Overcrowded, underfunded classrooms. Exposure to drugs. Tenured teachers who are no longer capable of teaching. A child in a classroom for just one year with a bad teacher is going to fall nearly a full year behind, making it difficult to ever catch up.Lack of honest grading. You don't really know where your child stands academically based on his/her report card.
casey April 16, 2014 at 05:06 PM
nice to see someone speaking out! I do not have a school age child, but will in a few years and IRead Mored read her going to any Newark school. The counselors I had going through all the jr high and high school were only there for certain people. Clearly nothing has changed! I hope the best for your son. Maybe try getting him transferred all together.