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Galt's small school districts must compete with neighboring salaries

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008 10:00 pm

Working at a smaller school district has its benefits: a smaller, family-like feel; more access to administrators; and better chances of being promoted, to name a few.

When it comes to negotiating salaries, though, smaller school districts are in a tough position.

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  • posted at 1:41 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2008.


    I have worked for both large and small school districts. The politics are sad. When budgets started taking hits (make no mistake folks the California school system has been cutting staff ever since the energy crisis struck hard at their budgets)the support staff took the hit - custodians, grounds keepers, bus drivers,classroom aides, maintenance, and mechanics.

    Never,in my more than 20 years with any school district has an administrative position lost any of their "perks" (i.e. car allowances), been docked hours or had their salary cut in an effort to keep money in the direction of student need.

  • posted at 9:39 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2008.


    This story is amazing, i had always thought galt never had any kind of education structure. They do have a fine outdoor market though.

  • posted at 7:42 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2008.


    Most countries don't have school districts, and their students are doing much better than our students. Teachers complain about the run-away education bureaucracy. Why do taxpayers have to pay for duplication on duplication of the same "work"? What do these educrats do all day and when school is out of session 4 months a year? We can't afford the luxury to pay these people to play "education games" (ex: "diversity" fiasco) with our tax money. What is wrong with the state taking over our schools? Billions will be available for teachers and books for our kids.

  • posted at 7:30 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2008.


    Here are two possible solutions to our dilemma: 1)Contract out non-teacher positions such as Human Resources, payroll, and other so-called "administrative" (overhead) jobs. Or 2) study the possibility (one county at a time) to have the California state Education Department be the employer of teachers. California has over 2,000 separate districts and many LEA's, All are teaching to the same mandated state standards and covered by the same Ed code. Teachers would get paid higher wages, and receive much more benefits. Instea of 2100 personnel departments, we would have the same one for the whole state.

  • posted at 7:21 am on Sat, Mar 15, 2008.


    Thanks for the good article. You provide lots of information to support two alternatives to the "Edu-Ocracy" that is draining our education budgets. I have no problem with of paying "DOERS" (teachers). The overhead and bureaucracy is whats killing our budgets. We just obligated ourselves to an additional 1 million dollars to pay one person for a 3 month promotion to a temporary position for which they have NOT been trained. We can not evaluate this performance while they are learning the job, because they have already submitted retirement papers.



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