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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 01:34 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.
Nadja Adolf April 17, 2014 at 05:32 PM
My personal belief is that we in Newark need to divide the town into districts for both the schoolRead Mored istrict and the city council. I ran for city council some years ago; I would not run for office in Newark again. We received threat calls in the middle of the night, and our house was vandalized. I think if elections were by district we would have more people willing to run. I even had someone call claiming to be a media representative asking me to be available for a phone interview; then an event was scheduled where the candidates were to appear and I kept my original commitment. Amazingly enough, the alleged representative never arrived, and when I finally contacted the media group, I discovered that they had never contacted me.
Jennifer Snyder April 17, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Okay Mona and Nadja, I would run in a heartbeat. I could care less if folks mess with me, call meRead Morein the middle of the night, threaten me etc. As an attorney I deal with threats often - straight up I-need-a-police-escort-to-my-car threats. Also, going after the Booster Club I received anonymous physical threats from Booster supporters. I also received death threats from the KKK when I lived in the Midwest, straight up police investigation status threats- long story. All this happens for a reason - because I go against the grain, do not mince words and do the right thing even when it puts me in the middle of public discord. I think if there were more people that stepped up we would all live in a better world. Write me in on the ballot. But I do not believe I am electable because of the above-identified personality traits.
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.