Should we cede control of “at least” $24,000 a year of our Tax $$$’s to Administrators and the Teacher’s Union for stipend positions???? I hope not!

contract-devil-iiYes indeed, it is that time of the year again…time to review the work product of our elected boards.

Let’s start with The Henniker Community School. Yes there is a new teacher’s contract to vote on.

For the most part it is the same contract with 4 small differences from the one we REJECTED on year ago.

1.) it is for only one year! In the past we have always had a multiyear contract.Why the change?????

2.) a very striking change regarding the so called “Leadership positions”. Exactly what are these leadership positions? Presumably they create an internal network of collegial support to improve the quality of education received at HCS:

A quick aside, review of data at the NH Board of Education iPlatform page gives us some insights in understanding our school’s performance.

Below is the Mean Growth Percentile for Henniker in Math. As you can see the school is trending downward from the average. In English Language Arts (ELA) you will find the a steady trend to the average. (important to understand (key words) norm-referenced and baseline-referenced approaches to calculating the Mean Growth Percentile measure)

NH BOE 2020-02-03_5-21-43

 

From the current contract;

HCS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

As you can plainly see there are 26 positions, with an exact amount of $23,800 to be spent..I believe HCS has 35 teachers . Not sure if two principals are included in the chart above???…Thus, it is a very small number of teachers who are not qualifying to be leaders…seems like a big expense for so few beneficiaries?????
1. Compensation for leadership positions shall be according to Appendix C.

2. Agreements for leadership positions shall be on an annual basis. Re-nomination and
appointments will be made on the basis of procedures and criteria the principal [emphasis added] may,  [emphasis added]. Any written procedures and criteria will be made available upon written request from the candidates and the Henniker Teachers’ Association. Re-nominations and appointments will be based on positive annual
evaluations.

The proposed contract changes;

Name changed to  Stipended Positions

  1.  The Board agrees to budget at least [emphasis added] $24,000 a year for stipends for positions that go above and beyond regular duties. Administrators will work with the Union annually to establish stipends for proposed positions. [emphasis added]
  1. Agreements for stipended positions shall be on an annual basis. Re-nomination and appointments will be made on the basis of procedures and criteria the principal may, from time to time, develop and modify. Any written procedures and criteria will be made available upon written request from the candidates and the Henniker Teachers’

Changing to an indeterminate amount of money to be spent and having the Union involved in determining the amount of that expense, IS NOT A WIN FOR THE TAX PAYERS!

OHB…keeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”

http://www.onlyhennikerbruce.com

 

 

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