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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:00 am

Below are the names and salaries of those in the Lodi Unified School District who made more than $100,000 during the 2008-09 school year.

The listing is the latest in a series being published in the News-Sentinel on high earners among local public agencies.

Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer noted that some teachers on the list take on extra classes, or have master's degrees and are paid an extra stipend. She said some teachers are on a "120-percent contract," under which they have an extra class and receive a monetary boost.

Administrators do not have the opportunity to take on extra work for more pay, so Nichols-Washer said it is possible for some teachers to make more than administration.

"Administers don't get extra pay, extra hours; they don't get paid to do some extra duty," Nichols-Washer said. "So their salary is pretty stagnant."

Other teachers may also coach a sport, oversee an afterschool activity or run a special program.

Lodi Unified School District high earners

Nichols-Washer, Catherine: $218,277.78; superintendent

Douglas, Odie: $164,275; associate superintendent (doctoral stipend: $1,500)

Barge, Douglas: $160,000; chief business official

Johnston, Barbara: $143,929; assistant superintendent of secondary education

McKilligan, Michael: $143,429; assistant superintendent of personnel

Pennington, Catherine: $143,429; assistant superintendent of elementary education

Hand, Arthur: $143,429; assistant superintendent of facilities and planning

Vetica, Dawnelle: $136,640.07; director of elementary education

Conrado, Catherine: $136,571; administrative director of special education local plan area (doctoral stipend: $1,500)

Davis, James: $136,071; principal, McNair High School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Hayes, Lisa: $132,658; director of educational support services

Grauman, Elliott: $131,658; director of classified personnel

Camp, Daryl: $129,911; principal, Bear Creek High School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Sandstrom, Erik: $128,911; principal, Tokay High School

Rivas, Robert: $126,593; principal, Liberty High School

Colwell, Steve: $126,477; principal, Adult Education

Toledo, William: $125,393; principal, Plaza Robles High School

Takemoto, Stephen: $124,051; principal, Delta Sierra Middle School

Malandro, Randall: $124,051; principal, Christa McAuliffe Middle School

Atterberry, William: $124,047; principal, Lodi High School (Atterberry is now the assistant superintendent of secondary education.)

Gire, Robert: $121,379; program coordinator

Cecchetti, Anne: $121,379; curriculum coordinator (master's stipend: $1,000)

Coakley, John: $121,379; curriculum coordinator (master's stipend: $1,000)

Roden, Deborah: $121,379; program coordinator, professional development

Johnson, Steven: $121,379; program coordinator, special education

Slater, Mitchell: $120,379; director of maintenance and operations

Krueger, Brandon: $117,977; principal, Creekside Elementary School

Cervantes, Maria: $117,477; principal, Heritage Elementary School (master's stipend: $1,000.)

Rivas, Carol: $117,477; principal, Needham School

Morehead, Janis: $117,477; principal, Lois Borchardt Elementary School

Faith, Daniel: $117,477; principal, Manlio Silva Elementary School

Gerrity, Allison: $117,477; principal, Sutherland Elementary School

Perez, Sheree: $117,468; principal, Millswood Middle School

Munsch, Dale: $116,830; director of information systems

Kirilov, John: $116,477; principal, Woodbridge Elementary School

Nilmeyer, Cheryl: $116,477; principal, Ellerth Larson Elementary School

Sun, Warren: $116,431; director of food services

Young, Neil: $116,251; principal, academic intervention

Malandro, Christine: $115,920; multilingual program coordinator

Mcgregor, Scott: $114,503; principal, Elkhorn Elementary School

Lyall, Jann: $114,459; principal, Houston School

Fong, Maria: $114,361; controller

Gonsalves, Ivie: $113,718.96; program coordinator, health services

Sanchez, Marco: $113,143.99; principal, Lodi Middle School

Robinson, Waddell: $113,009; assistant principal, Tokay High School

Corsun, Peter: $112,509; assistant principal, Bear Creek High School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Somera, Tamara: $112,509; vice principal, ROP

Purkins, Princetta: $112,108; principal, Parklane Elementary School

Hitchcock, Susan: $112,108; principal, Clairmont Elementary School

Smith, Kathleen: $112,108; principal, Vinewood

Varni, Marianne: $112,108; principal, Live Oak Elementary School

Brown Jr., Harold: $112,108; principal, George Mosher Elementary School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Medford, Virginia: $112,108; principal, John Muir Elementary School

Dent, Martha: $111,937; vice principal, Tokay High School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Gillespie, Michael: $111,825; principal, Joe Serna Jr. Charter School

Douglas, Elaine: $111,108; principal, Nichols Elementary School

Morone, Patricia: $111,108; principal, Ansel Adams Elementary School

Lofsted, Robert: $110,937; vice principal, Lodi High School (Loftsted is now the principal of Lodi HIgh School.)

Saunders, William: $110,719; program coordinator, psychological services

Eldridge, Edward: $110,719; program coordinator, testing and evaluation

Hargis, Carrie: $111,537; budget director

Balian, Sherry: $110,321; principal, Middle College High?School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Baumgartner, Rhonda: $110,128; program specialist

Ennis, Stephanie: $109,128; program specialist

Rogers, Mitchell: $108,973.85; teacher

HERR-KORT, JONI: $108,899.65; program specialist

Close, Cynthia: $108,768.24; teacher

Maggetti, David: $108,242.90; teacher

Martinez, Maria: $107,088.40; principal, Beckman Elementary School

Shigematsu, Denice: $107,088; principal, Oakwood Elementary School

Spaulding, Bruce: $107,088; principal, Lakewood Elementary School

Denman, Linda: $107,088; principal, George Washington Elementary School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Miller, Mary: $107,088; principal, Westwood Elementary School

Anderson, Virginia: $107,088; principal, Lockeford Elementary School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Bordner, Celeste: $107,088; principal, Erma B. Reese Elementary School (master's stipend: $1,000)

Perez, Janet: $107,076; principal, Morada Middle School

Rogers, Janet: $106,088; principal, Wagner Holt Elementary School

Durham, Jana: $105,928; vice principal, Bear Creek High School

Gaines, Rodney: $105,666.91; teacher

Anema, Richard: $105,646.67; teacher

Kotowski, Lisa: $105,048.76; administrative director of curriculum

Harkin, Kevin: $105,027; vice principal, after school education and safety

Ivy, John: $105,027; vice principal, Christa McAuliffe Middle School

Haas, Gary: $104,081.26; teacher

Salisbury, Daniel: $104,012.65; teacher

Hashisaka, Ronald: $103,431; vice principal, Ellerth Larson Elementary School

Fraser, Judy: $102,604.59; teacher

Johnson, Thomas: $102,275.56; program specialist

Garr, Michael: $102,266; construction project manager

Wright, Gregory: $102,138.44; teacher

Porter, Courtney: $102,115.57; teacher

Lewis, Sharon: $101,162.66; psychologist

Caruso, Mary: $101,087.09; psychologist

Fish, Gerald: $100,968.09; teacher

Welt, Ellen: $100,811.54; director, certificated personnel

Staples, Sandra: $100,719.52; teacher

Woo, Roger: $100,434.63; teacher

Rose, Valerie: $100,384.50; assistant principal, Ronald E. McNair High School

Sherwood, Nancy: $100,282; psychologist

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107 comments:

  • posted at 5:05 pm on Sat, Jan 2, 2010.

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    If you think these salaries are over the top-you need to look at the salaries being paid at the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Not just salaries, but the cars, retirement benefits, the unseen benefits. These salaries are peanuts compared to what SJCOE are being in. Freedom of Information Act.

     
  • posted at 3:13 am on Fri, Jan 1, 2010.

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    A current California teaching credential is required to be a school administrator.In lieu of a credential, a district may apply for a waiver of the individual, and this is usually granted. This can happen for many reasons, but usually an administrator from another state will need to get either a waiver or a CA teaching / administrative credential. These are a case by case basis which is why you see some administrators with a CA credential while others don't.Though it might seem odd, teachers from other states must have or qualify for a CA credential or must get one at some point. This doesn't mean forever, but 3-5 years.Based on current regulations, a new teacher candidate must meet their COLLEGE requirements in order for the state to issue a credential. I was told this years ago at the CCTC. If an accredited school says someone is qualified, they get a credential. This is how a graduating college senior can get a credential at graduation.

     
  • posted at 7:01 am on Wed, Dec 30, 2009.

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    Let's Be Real- Getting teaching and administrative services credentials are simple. Contrary to popular opinion, A TEACHING credential is NOT required to be a school principal. The LUSD has several Administrators who never had a teaching credential. I can name several. It's all on the CCTC website. The easiest and fastest teaching credential is the Single Subject Physical Education credential. If you major in PE in college, its a no-brainer. You are not required to take the state SSAT, PRAXIS or CSET tests in PE, since it is assumed that osmosis occured even if you drank your way to a BA degree in PE.Some schools of Edumacation have a fast track credential program that you can take starting in your junior year. I know a person who got her Professional Clear Single Subject within months after gradumacation. She was/is barely literate and is now a district adminsitrator of EDUMACATION. She is living proof of the Peter Principle.Most principals majored in PE, Edumacation, or Educational Equity. Are these really academic degrees, or fluff majors designed for NFL/NBA athletes? Even NBA player Antawn Jamison has a degree.

     
  • posted at 2:20 pm on Tue, Dec 29, 2009.

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    Broken: Your wife isn't making a 100Kto teach four hours a day either (at least I hope she's not!)

     
  • posted at 12:31 pm on Tue, Dec 29, 2009.

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    Good information, but we need details.1) How many of these individuals has a spouse on the payroll? How about a "significant other" on the payroll? Add these figures and lets see what we get! Don't believe that ALL employees actully do work. Some only have a job title. 2) Why don't we extend the LUSD nepotism game further, Mr $144k/yr Asst Chief of Personnel? Why haven't you tried to show leadership by stopping nepotism? Could there be OTHER conflicts of interests blooming among the weeds at the ESC? Engineer Bill isn't here to protect the financial interests of those he left behind. How many employees have another business interest tied to the LUSD?Hhmmm! I am reminded of the antics of former California State Superintendent Bill Honig, who was caught self-dealing and convicted of four felonys. Ah yes-- I fondly remember the words " Its ALL FOR THE KIDS" SAY WHAT?Educrats (and a few retirees who should be ashamed), look into your mirrors and repeat after me: "...Its ALL about the kids!.." HYPOCRITES!

     
  • posted at 5:03 am on Tue, Dec 29, 2009.

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    dyan- greed is not what motivates my wife to go to her class everyday and teach 20 kindergarden age kids (and their parents) how to read and write. If she were greedy, she would go into admin. You see, she is there for the kids, I doubt someone like you would ever understand this concept. As for coach Gaines, he coached football from early summer, thru the start of school (in weight room at 5am and finished with practice at 5pm) and is now coaching wrestling (same schedule), plus games/matches that last til 10-11pm and several weekend tournament. I'd say he deserves every penny. Would any of you make this commitment?

     
  • posted at 5:53 am on Mon, Dec 28, 2009.

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    What do teachers make in the private sector? Not even half of what these guys make - no retirement either. When the house of cards falls, you can trace it to one word: Greed.

     
  • posted at 2:05 am on Mon, Dec 28, 2009.

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    For: Lets Be Real - One word: Don't

     
  • posted at 3:48 pm on Sun, Dec 27, 2009.

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    Okay, I have to admit that I am so overwhelmed regarding the amount of money that teachers make, I am almost convinced to make a career change. Does anyone know what it would take for someone with a non-teaching degree like myself to get become a teacher? I heard that additional schooling is needed. Anybody have any ideas?

     
  • posted at 2:10 pm on Sun, Dec 27, 2009.

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    K Harkin is the V. P. of that program also.Why is that? Over 300 K on these two. Not that they are not good Administrators but, they need to be placed differently.

     
  • posted at 8:35 am on Sun, Dec 27, 2009.

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    Now that summer school has been cancelled why are we paying Neil Young over $100K a year? I too can count many that need to be cut. I do see the need for the salary that the new superintendent is getting after all at least Bill understand the district policies that exist. Something the past superintendent didn't understand. Worth it's weight in gold to avoid lawsuits.

     
  • posted at 6:38 am on Sun, Dec 27, 2009.

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    That is my point also. There are many wonderful people on this list however, there are some who are not worth 1/4 of the salary they receive!Their are quite a few that could be cut I can count about 7. We do not need these layers and layers of people.Classified cannot take another hit, We took the biggest last year!It is now time to hit from the top.

     
  • posted at 4:27 am on Sun, Dec 27, 2009.

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    Freespeech: You made my point. See Blog 12/24 1:12 PM.

     
  • posted at 3:41 am on Sun, Dec 27, 2009.

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    Dyan:I spent 10 years in the medical field prior to education. I was highly surprised and disappointed to find that there is the same waste, nepatism and entitlement issues in education that there are in the public sector so if you think that people change because of who they work for - you're delusional.. there are good and bad people either making us proud or embarassing us in EVERY FIELD of employment....

     
  • posted at 5:55 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    dyan wrote "Government produces no income, period. It can only steal from the productive."Interesting.

     
  • posted at 5:52 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    dyan: Have you discussed this government issue with Jerome?

     
  • posted at 3:43 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Too many public employees miss the point. Their attitude is: "I work hard, went to college, therefore I'm entitled to a big pension, salary, etc."REALITY CHECK: Government produces no income, period. It can only steal from the productive. To have no conscience taking money from those in the real world who work just as hard, if not harder to pay for unreasonable salaries and benefits in the gov't world is not only immoral, its madness. When the productive have decided they have had enough, which may be just about now, the house of cards will fall.

     
  • posted at 3:38 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Lodian: What's that got to do with math? And you point is that a public school diploma IS worth something?

     
  • posted at 3:36 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    dyan wrote "In this market and in the future, a h.s. diploma is a worthless piece of paper"

     
  • posted at 3:32 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    dyan wrote "Even tried to fake me out by pretending to be a "lawyer" once"Really? LOL!

     
  • posted at 3:31 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    dyan: You must know by now that your "education" from NURSES "R" US, where no math skills are required, doesn't count as a legit degree.

     
  • posted at 3:16 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Lodian has her own weird interpretation of my views. You see, being the blind idealogue that she is, she only operates on emotion, not fact. Even tried to fake me out by pretending to be a "lawyer" once., but that's another story. As a nurse I've been in both the private and public sector. If you have been in both camps, you'd know the private sector is a cake walk in comparison. Most in the public sector have never experienced anything else.

     
  • posted at 12:32 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Lodian.Thanks. Maybe during a weak moment a reality check may sneak in? You never know, stranger things have happened.

     
  • posted at 12:18 pm on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    oh really?: Dyan is not a supporter of education. She thinks math is a waste of time in high school and that no one really needs it once they become adults in the real world. These are things she has said on these blogs so I doubt you'll be able to get through to someone like her that does not value education.

     
  • posted at 10:47 am on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Dyan,From your comments it appears that you have the opinion that teaching is merely a 6 1/2 hour a day, 180 days per year with holidays off and is an excessively compensated position. Do you have children that go/went to LUSD schools? If so, hopefully you appreciated how the results of their teachers' 'easy, clearly overpaid positions' have impacted your kids. Were you an active parent volunteer (to support both your kids and their classroom?)If our job is so simple and well-compensated, maybe you might want to consider such a job? Basic qualifications as follows: 5 + years non-compensated education complete with continuing education, willing to work most evenings and weekends, spend hundreds if not close to a thousand (non-reimbursed dollars a year) and show up daily with a smile on your face, ready (and willing) to accomodate any issue or concern the students bring to the classroom. One of the most important qualifications - a never-ending can-do, positive attitude!Yes, I suppose our job may 'appear' cushy from the outside, but I 'invite' you to get in insider perspective. Maybe your posts would be a little more enlightened.

     
  • posted at 8:12 am on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Dyan,From your comments it appears that you have the opinion that teaching is merely a 6 1/2 hour a day, 180 days per year with holidays off and is an excessively compensated position. Do you have children that go/went to LUSD schools? If so, hopefully you appreciated how the results of their teachers' 'easy, clearly overpaid positions' have impacted your kids. Were you an active parent volunteer (to support both your kids and their classroom?)If our job is so simple and well-compensated, maybe you might want to consider such a job? Basic qualifications as follows: 5 + years non-compensated education complete with continuing education, willing to work most evenings and weekends, spend hundreds if not close to a thousand (non-reimbursed dollars a year) and show up daily with a smile on your face, ready (and willing) to accomodate any issue or concern the students bring to the classroom. One of the most important qualifications - a never-ending can-do, positive attitude!Yes, I suppose our job may 'appear' cushy from the outside, but I 'invite' you to get in insider perspective. Maybe your posts would be a little more enlightened.

     
  • posted at 6:51 am on Sat, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Dyan: If you think you could handle the stress of a teacher's REAL job, GO FOR IT! It's not babysitting people! Teachers don't teach for the money or the perks because I promise you there aren't enough of either to take on constant hoop-jumping, test-taking and hand-holding that teaching today requires. We are not complaining about the job itself, but the lack of support and compensation RELATIVE to others with the same amount of education in the "real" world and even those we work with. It's no secret that some teachers teach-by-movie, but there are more of us who are dedicated to kids and education. Meanwhile, we are continuously asked to do more with less and it's not fair to us OR YOUR CHILDREN! Teaching and kids are NEVER my complaint issues, it's the administration who makes stupid, stupid decisions for both teachers and KIDS that leave us all worse off for their "management skills"!

     
  • posted at 3:44 pm on Fri, Dec 25, 2009.

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    Yes, it did take 5 years of college, plus continuing education all while friends were receiving pay and experience in the work force - why? Because teaching is a gift - the best one in my life. I love my students as though they were my own; some days full of challenges and others more rewarding than words could describe - as I could easily describe being a parent. Are there COUNTLESS extra hours and expenses that come with this job description - YES, FAR more than one (not in the teaching profession)might imagine. So why should one invest unbelievable quantities of time(far beyond any contractual 182 days - with both evenings and weekends) and expense? The gift of hope and making a difference - isn't this why teachers go into this line of work?The light at the end of the tunnel - hopefully the light of inspiration I choose to ignite in my students to invest not only in themselves but also find a way to 'give back' in such a way to inspire others - teaching or otherwise.I may not always feel appropriately financially compensated, but that's not why I teach.

     
  • posted at 2:52 pm on Fri, Dec 25, 2009.

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    Boo hoo! A 6 and a half hour work day. Every week-end and holiday off. 180 day work year. Benefits, 90% retirement and they can't fire my worthless butt.All for a lousy $70-80,000 per year. Man, life is tough working for the government!

     
  • posted at 2:01 pm on Fri, Dec 25, 2009.

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    Of you angry bloggers, how many of you have a full 4 year degree from a real college. Then completed a 5th year. Then completed a masters degree. Then a partial PHD [i never finished] from --a real college. Then took courses recommended to keep you skilled in your field. When I finished, my friends had 5 years experience [AND PAY] in the work force, I had nothing. Now, go out to houses of poorly performing students and deal with angry parents whose kids are just as ignorant as their parents and equally reticent to study and learn anything. This teaching business sucks. You go to college, get your credential and degrees and get out here on the "gravy train". The light at the end of the tunnel may not be the sun.

     
  • posted at 9:01 am on Fri, Dec 25, 2009.

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    The system is totally out of control because it lacks competition from the private sector. I have always been in favor a voucher system that would make it possible for private enterprise to compete with our government run education system. I believe most---if not all--of these folks are wayyyy overpaid even before you consider their total compensation package an additional 30+% to the published salary. This is crazy and needs to be fixed!

     
  • posted at 1:59 am on Fri, Dec 25, 2009.

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    Natalie wrote:Administrators do not have the opportunity to take on extra work for more pay, so Nichols-Washer said it is possible for some teachers to make more than administration.-Chuckle,As if these adminstrators need to earn any more money given they already make atleast 3 times what a teacher makes. Perhaps we should ask some of those teachers who MAY make as much as some of those administrators what they have to do to earn that extra pay.

     
  • posted at 1:44 am on Fri, Dec 25, 2009.

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    Sam wrote:I have to say my teacher friends have been there 20-30 plus years and do NOT work over 40 hours a week.They work hard, get the job done, and are paid well. "-Sam conveniently leaves out all the hours teachers spend off the clock grading papers into the wee hours of the morning. And let's not forget all those weekends they get off doesn't meanthey are not working. Now, let's talk about all those weekend trips those administrators take because they not only can afford it but they don't have to grade any papers into the wee hours of the morning.

     
  • posted at 3:27 pm on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    In NO way are ANY of them worth this....What a load of crap...

     
  • posted at 12:21 pm on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    Wishing all my blogging friends a VERY Merry Christmas and Many Blessings in the New Year!Love Blossom~

     
  • posted at 10:43 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    To All: I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas with peace, health and many blessings in the New Year!Love, Lodian :-)

     
  • posted at 10:25 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    I feel that both (site) administrators and teachers earn the salaries they receive; I will pass no judgement on those at the district level, because I don't see their day to day work - however, I'm sure we all agree there are probably some duplicate job/titles. Sure, as a teacher, I would like to earn more, but I am blessed to be paid to do what I do for a living. Have a Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year.

     
  • posted at 7:21 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    Freespeech:I am in NO WAY defending LUSD. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THEY WASTE A ton of money!I see it on a daily basis, Do I agree NO!I Think Classified has taken a big enough hit.I think it should be the top that is cut.Who do we cut though? That is what I am saying.their is good and bad in every classification.I went to a meeting and Cricket spoke do you have any Idea how much the District could save if everyone used the print shop for duplicating and didn't do the copies at the sites??The savings was HUGE!!No one wants to be flexible or make ant sacrifices.... thats my point.

     
  • posted at 7:16 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    No government moocher could come close to earning salaries like these in the real world -I don't care how "hard" they work. The sad part is the "real" world workers have to work twice as hard to pay for all this.

     
  • posted at 7:12 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    Isn't it amazing how libs see corporations as "evil" but government as saintly? This is a perfect example of how human greed runs in BOTH camps!!

     
  • posted at 6:54 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    So - in the article, was she REALLY COMPLAINING that her salary was "stagnant"?! OMG! Teachers and coaches don't always "pick up extra hours" because they WANT to - they HAVE to because we don't make a qtr-million with multiple paid benefits like the queen... Was she EVER in the classroom or was she born a queen bee?

     
  • posted at 6:49 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    Blossom: Are you implying that all LUSD employees take an across-the-board cut when there is so much WASTE and INEFFECIENCY going on?! I believe that until LUSD employees truly feel that the district is being transparent and fair while making efforts to conserve instead of waste resources, it would be a whole different story... I suggested to my admin. that we not use expensive colored paper for the required attendance signiture sheets but go back to white ones and I was thanked for my good idea but that a few teachers mentioned the like it...WTF?! This is exactly what's wrong in LUSD and the country in general...we are wasting all our time and money getting people to "conform" to their job descriptions?! Are you kidding me?! There are TONS of ways to save money, including changing vendor contracts, but they always have an excuse to do NOTHING!!

     
  • posted at 3:58 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    I believe it is irresponsible reporting to just put in the salary without the job description. Even that tells little. Many of these people go over and beyond what they are asked to do, staying late and arriving early, working through lunch. they often put in many hours at home giving their own time. I have personally seen them patiently listening to angry parents, working with ungrateful students, and trying to please out of touch administrators or colleagues across the hall. Then of course their are newspapers in town like this one. . .

     
  • posted at 3:50 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    BTW,I see my daughter's elementary school principal on this list. I actually think he's underpaid.

     
  • posted at 3:31 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    RU,Perhaps I should have been specific about the types of employees I mentioned in the last line:The personnel who have little to no contact with students, or people who work like they're just phoning it in, however, we can do without. I was referring to certificated personnel. Of course support staff are valuable, but, ironically, they were among the first to go after the last round of cuts. When I mentioned employees who were just "phoning it in", I could have included teaching staff biding their time until retirement. My kids had some like that.

     
  • posted at 2:44 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    As the saying goes, "When you live with, work with and know for a fact." You know the waste. Whether it be in Administration or classified or certified its time to take out the wastes. Just remember who takes out that waste. I didn't see one CSEA name. We're the backbone of every school district. So when Johnny has an accident or Susie and her friends tear up a school, remember who the people come to the rescue.

     
  • posted at 2:27 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    The bottom line on how I feel about this, without ALL the ridicule.There are allot of REALLY wonderful people on this list that are TOTALLY an asset to LUSD. I have worked and respect many of them and they are VERY professional and deserve the pay they earn.We ALL deserve the pay we earn whatever we do for LUSD.The state of California is in trouble and that is why LUSD is in trouble.In good times we were all getting raises now it is time to cut.We all have to be willing to make sacrifices, I am.We should not be fighting and throwing stones we all need jobs and deserve jobs.Merry Christmas all!

     
  • posted at 2:15 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    to ru4real: Excesses in the support system? Really? Do you know how many jobs were eliminated during the last round of cuts? Most of the staff reductions came from Classified Employees. There is talk of crews revolving through multiple school sites to clean and repair. Where are the excesses....

     
  • posted at 1:51 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    Great comment RU I couldnt agree more! I will second that!

     
  • posted at 1:46 am on Thu, Dec 24, 2009.

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    There is not 1 person on that list that is a member of CSEA name one.

     
  • posted at 3:51 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Mrs. S,If you think a school district the size of Lodi Unified can function without staff who do not have direct contact with students, you have probaly spent too much time in Berkeley in the 60's. Do you actually believe that support services are not crucial to the success or failure of curriculum? Do you actually think that teachers are going to fix the heating and air conditioning systems, solve data problems with the computer network, or repair the pothole near their parking spot? Are they going to fix the roof leak, or the light that isn't working? Order the books, trash bags, mops, or other supplies that are required to enable a classroom to function. You obviously have no concept of what is required to support the educational process. Are their excesses in the support arena? Yes, there certainly are, but there are also excesses in the teaching sector. If you want to cull out inefficiency in the administrative ranks, you might also want to look into the inefficiencies of teaching staff who are just holding out until retirement. Inefficiency is not occupationally specific.

     
  • posted at 3:20 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Two Bears,Sounds like you really earned your salary. Too bad our schools lost such a dedicated teacher. The personnel who have little to no contact with students, or people who work like they're just phoning it in, however, we can do without.

     
  • posted at 3:04 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Blossom,I beg to differ, but there are a number of "Classified" administrators on this list. They are not all certificated.

     
  • posted at 3:01 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Takealook,There are both classified administrators and certificated administrators on this list. There are also certificated staff on this list, but you're correct, no classified rank and file on it. Again, this should not be a surprise, as all salaries are published and available on the LUSD web site. All one has to do is look. If you do, however, you will find that there are many very well paid classified staff working for the district also, who I would guess would also be subject to attack by those who feel these people are over paid. Damned if you do, damned if you don't!!

     
  • posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Their is not 1 classified person on this list.They are all certificated or Administrators.Their are layers upon layers, silly~

     
  • posted at 2:56 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Actually I can count about 4 people on that list that don't even work for LUSD anymore.I can count a several more who need to be cut!LUSD is way too top heavy!CUT THE FAT!

     
  • posted at 2:54 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Takealook,There are both classified administrators and certificated administrators on this list. There are also certificated staff on this list, but you're correct, no classified rank and file on it. Again, this should not be a surprise, as all salaries are published and available on the LUSD web site. All one has to do is look. If you do, however, you will find that there are many very well paid classified staff working for the district also, who I would guess would also be subject to attack by those who feel these people are over paid. Damned if you do, damned if you don't!!

     
  • posted at 2:19 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Any Classified on this list of high salary people? I could be mistaken but I don't see any. So my thoughts are, the district shouldn't target them for any reduction or budget cuts. We need to cut from the top----and now we know who sits on the top.

     
  • posted at 1:59 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    I have a Masters in Mopology,sweepologist with a PhD, Engineer Degree in Sanitation, Bachelor of Science in Human Relations, Hortoculturist. Still only make a third of what college educated "colleagues" make. It's not a benefit if you can't afford to pay for it.

     
  • posted at 1:15 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    stupid meetings of countless hours, rally supervision and more. I will stop here, there is more. It would take more than a piddly, worthless $ 100,000 to get me to go back. You can crab and grouse all you want. Yes District Office salaries for those "useless" curriculum/assistant/advisory jobs are out of whack, but for concientious teachers, I would not do it again for less than $ 200,000. QED

     
  • posted at 1:11 pm on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Before I quit teaching and moved back to Monument Valley, AZ, I took home papers that needed correcting, lesson plans, entering scores, checking grades, checking attendance and lists of student names who needed special help every night. Saturday was my day to have fun. Starting Sunday morning it all started again with the planning, gathering information, reading, studying and planning activities,and research that I had to have to keep 30 +/never minus high school students [per period times 6 periods=180 students minimum] captivated and interested in learning. Then out the door and off to school at 6:00 on monday morning to get to my room and get my materials ready. After all the kids left at the end of the day, after they hung around the room to talk, I had to deal with all the rest of the stuff. Supervising dances [from hell], rooter bus supervision, campus supervision, cafeteria supervision, home visits with the parents of the most difficult students, more....

     
  • posted at 11:12 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    this is what needs to be fixed. education. i have been saying for a long time, it's the admin making the money. too many dollars are being spent on admin and salaries when too little is spent on the kids. shame, shame, shame. i don't give a damn how long you have been there, put more in the classrooms and quit putting it in your pockets. do it, do it now.

     
  • posted at 11:10 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Emerald, I have many teacher friends. They LOVE their jobs. Yes, it is demanding but they feel well compensated. They tease me for leaving.I have to say my teacher friends have been there 20-30 plus years and do NOT work over 40 hours a week.They work hard, get the job done, and are paid well.

     
  • posted at 10:50 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Sam, try talking to teachers now they may not agree with you. I believe things have changed.

     
  • posted at 10:45 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Emerald, i was a teacher for LUSD for over a decade. I made a great salary and never felt underpaid as a teacher. I never felt I was blamed for any of the system's failings. The hours were great, as were the benefits.I left to form my own company. I loved teaching but wanted more than what the educational system had to offer.

     
  • posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Sam, It's not the teachers salaries we don't agree with. They work harder than they deserve and get no praise. They are always blamed for everything that goes wrong.

     
  • posted at 10:31 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    I know a lot of people on this list. They are not overpaid. Where have you all been? My kids (in their early 30's) are making 6 figures. Go to college, then to graduate school and you will find a well paying job. Sorry, but just a high school diploma or 2 years at Delta is not going to work.If you think teaching is so easy and such a cushy career, go for it.

     
  • posted at 10:23 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Some on the list have put in time, others were fortunate enough to have connections. Of course, it's that way in the private sector as well. However, unlike those in the private sector, these people are relatively insulated from the fluctuations of the business cycle and other economic factors. Also, there are those not in the educational field with advanced degrees who do not make anywhere close to these salaries.I think to make a blanket statement that all on this list deserve their salaries is as erroneous as saying that they all don't deserve them.

     
  • posted at 10:15 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Wow RU4 Real,That was pretty intense. Not sure I would have said it that way, but ....

     
  • posted at 10:12 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    It is INCREDULOUS that the top of the teacher's published salary scale is $81k, but there at least 11 on the list that make over $100k.I also feel the need to exercise my FREESPEECH and say it is a ruse to pretend that money paid by the district to teachers for health care in addition to the money on the salary schedule does not constitute paid health care benefits.

     
  • posted at 10:11 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    (continued)There are millions of good people out of work at this time, due to unheard of economic factors, including the greed of Wall Street. This is not a reason to employ mob mentality and condemn those who may hold the answers you seek. It has always been the burden of those in power to endure the hatred and disdain of those who won’t or can’t comprehend the magnitude of the problem presented, nor offer solutions, other than to shoot the messenger. Look at ALL the facts, and make informed decision, not emotional ones.

     
  • posted at 10:10 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    OK, so you all think that these folks are being paid way too much. I have to ask, where the heck have you been for the last 20 years? The freedom of information act, and public records have all allowed each of you to look at what every one of these individual are being paid, and complain to each local authority if you felt that they were being paid above what their level of responsibility demanded.So, now a newspaper reports the facts that have been available to everyone for 20 years or more, and you’re all outraged at what you’re reading. Well, I think it’s more jealousy than outrage. If you spend the time to gain the education necessary to attain the positions that these people have, and pay your dues by doing the time, then you deserve some compensation for your efforts. Most of you have assumed your position under the wing of a union, for either protection, because you can’t do your job competently, or because you’re unable or unwilling to argue your case before your employer yourself. Poor me !!!! (continued)

     
  • posted at 9:51 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    If this list is old then maybe the salaries are not correct. Maybe they are making more than this list shows. It might have been done on purpose to not reveal their true salaries.

     
  • posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    I don't know what to say... But I feel like I have to say something. Thirty percent of my income goes to some form of taxes (more than that if you count sales tax, property tax, etc.). If that was enough to fund our various forms of government I would be fine. But our local government is broke, state government is bankrupt and federal government has to borrow! Where the hell is my money going??????

     
  • posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    FYI: TEACHERS DO NOT HAVE PAID HEALTH CARE! The district pays a "cap" amount and we have to pay the difference - and there are no longer any benefit options that are covered completely by the cap - haven't been for years....That said, I don't understand why there are so many PE teachers on here that are NOT Athletic Directors - and there doesn't seem to be any equality on this list either, when one principal comes from outside the district ends up making significantly more than another who has been committed to LUSD for years prior?! None of this makes any sense - but that shouldn't surprise me anymore with LUSD...

     
  • posted at 9:23 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Gee, what a great time for the District to release this (inaccurate!) list. Ho, ho, freakin ho....

     
  • posted at 9:22 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    HOW OLD IS THIS LIST?! Pete Corsun hasn't been at Bear Creek for YEARS now.... someone please tell me we're not still paying him!

     
  • posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Oh wait, how many of those administrators are regularly buying classroom supplies out of their salaries. I know an awful lot of classroom teachers who are. Oh yeah and they are making half of what the people on that list are making. BTw I agree Coach Gaines would clean things up if he were the boss.

     
  • posted at 8:53 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    I recognize the name of one of the special ed. program specialists on that list. My daughter was assigned to her when she was younger. This woman didn't attend one of her IEP meetings. Not one. I can see how some of the administrators on the list would deserve that type of compensation, however.I'm a little speechless right now.

     
  • posted at 8:19 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    To: Let's Be RealI don't know where you get your information, but it is obviously NOT from one of the LUSD teachers. While there is a health care option (Kaiser) that is provided at low cost, LUSD does not provide enough money to fully pay health benefits for its employees. In fact there are some families who see over $1000/month deducted for their health insurance. For classified staff, like custodians and bus drivers, health insurance in LUSD can be even more problematic. Thanks to those of you who understand how large our class sizes are, how much bigger they will get, and how hard most of our LUSD teachers and classified staff work.

     
  • posted at 8:16 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Insred I totally agree with you. And yes they have forgotten why they got into this business in the first place. Maybe it was always for the paycheck and perks they get. Greed comes in all forms. I feel they are laughing at all of us as they cash their fat checks and know there is not a thing we can do about it. And do they feel guilty absolutely not.

     
  • posted at 7:51 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    I believe you should be compensated for a position you have worked hard for, however when you choose to work for the school system I would hope you chose this out of passion for educating children. With the loss of teachers, the larger class sizes there idea of no child left behind is thrown out the window. How is a child to get equal learning time with 33 other students?? With that being said we as a community are all stuggling one way or another what makes there life's more important then the future of our children.Have they forgot WHY they got into this business in the first place???

     
  • posted at 7:27 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    It is unfortunate that some have to suffer at the hands of the greedy. Our teachers who work directly with the children are the ones that deserve better wages. I know that the people who work in the special education classes deserve much more than what they are making, especially the para-educators. I would like for Steve Johnson and Catherine Conrad to spend a day in the severly handicapped class room at McNair High School. Spend a day watching the teachers being hit, bitten, having their hair nearly pulled out while trying to teach children that will never be able to function in the real world. Changing diapers on high school students, having to feed and constantly watch these unfortunate children. All high school teachers must deal with fights in the halls and in their rooms. Never knowing if a student may walk in and cause serious injury to them. LUSD has lost their control of dress codes with kids walking around the campuses in their pajamas and house slippers. I don't think they deserve the money they are making.

     
  • posted at 6:31 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    The most shocking stat. that is missed is the amount of money spent on the salaries of admin.and teachers and Ca. still rates very low our states ranking on education.

     
  • posted at 5:47 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    They like to have fancy titles to justify their salaries, how do they sleep at night? The other thing that is always said. We need to keep the salaries comparable to other cities or we will loose them. That's fine there are hundreds of other people that would take their jobs for less, just to have a job.

     
  • posted at 5:46 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    How accurate is this information? Are these numbers provided by LUSD? Why is the salary info for 2008-2009? Clearly some of the figures presented here represent 2009-2010 figures? Last year with all of the budget cuts teachers were told there would not be any 120% contracts. Plus, teachers did NOT get even a 1% cost of living adjustment. The information presented includes some names of district office employees left the district, like Barbara Johnson and Debrorah Roden and John Coakley. Why are these included. Recently the budget advisory committee suggested a 15% cut to the district office. Will that figure include salaries of positions that have already left and vacant positions?Thank you Lodi News for getting this information to the public.

     
  • posted at 5:40 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Is it just me, or are there a whole lot of TEACHERS on thls list whose work year is 182 days? And please do not give me this junk about "working longer than the assigned year" because ANYBODY can make this claim. I wish I made the type of money per day that they do. I know one thing, seeing should make any parent more demanding of the type of education our students receive. Teachers in LUSD are WELL paid, especially when you consider that they get PAID health benefits. So please, save the rhetoric about how lowly compensated they are. What a joke!

     
  • posted at 5:21 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Upside down,what a joke.We are just plain lucky our Teachers do what they do because of a passion and not the bucks.I own my own company, during hard times its me that takes the first cut in pay,I believe it should that way with scholl admin,the very last thing we want is lousey non motivated teachers or workers during hard times.When teachers see this it definatly will be a punch to the gut...(I just passed out Christmas Checks,I came in 3rd in pay of a 8 person company but my crew is HAPPY)Happy Holidays By the way if Coach/Teacher Gaines was the "Supe" he would clean that place up

     
  • posted at 5:19 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    These people who claim to work 60 to 70 hours a week need to be put on salary to control costs. There should be a cap for school employees and they should be assessed on how their students are graded on tests. The principals, etc should only get a raise if the school did well in testing. If not, no raise.No way should these people be making that much money when we have to close schools or let go of teachers due to budget. And to think I always supported the "poor' school employees who are barely scrapping by. NO MORE

     
  • posted at 5:18 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    How about a 20% pay cut for everyone on that list.

     
  • posted at 5:10 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    As a teacher I bring work home most nights, often work at least one of my weekend days and don't make half of what a majority of these people make. And I am in the trenches with the kids.

     
  • posted at 5:10 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Upon 1st reading, these salaries do seem shocking. But when we review how much we pay people in other professions, we will realize that this is going in the right direction, with some caveat, of course... I rather pay the people who educate my children more than folks in many other professions. (You'll know the values of a society by looking at the highest paid professions in it.) How do we attract quality teachers?... The 1st question to ask is, how are these educators performing? If they're performing well, then the pay is worth it. Many politicians aren't willing to sink so much money into education, because there's no guarantee of the quality. Teachers & administrators need to be held accountable by a tangible system of measurement. (Last I checked, the teachers union is one of the toughest in CA!!)... There's one more thing. I don't question the need for good administrators, but I question the number of them within a single district. How many "program directors" does a single district need? Seriously.

     
  • posted at 5:02 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Since I know many of these jobs and people, I can honestly say some of the positions are useless and should be eliminated. Then there are a few of these jobs I wouldnt do for double the amount they are paid. I also know one individual who consistently works [assigned] at least 55 hours a week.

     
  • posted at 4:35 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    I am absolutely shocked at what these people make. Everyone else is getting pay cuts and they don't. Assistant's that have assistant's is ridicules. If the first set of assistant's can't get the job done fire them. Teachers work evenings and weekends at home to get things done and they don't get paid that kind of money.

     
  • posted at 4:28 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    The superintendent earned $230,000 in 2008-2009, the salary used is her salary for 2009-2010, and if those salaries were used for teachers, you would find most of the teachers falling off the list, because the district is no longer offering teachers the opportunity to teach 120% of a contract and the department chair stipends were eliminated. The district office lost only 6 administrators, and the district lost over 40 teachers due to lay off from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010. Food for thought.

     
  • posted at 4:10 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    There isn't a person on this list that works 60 hours a week. They might think they do, but they don't. Think about it sometime. Do they really work from 6 am to 6 pm monday through friday, no. These are unsustainable bloated salaries that are repeated in every school district in the state. Where is the money for education going...now you see.

     
  • posted at 4:10 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    A very dear friend has worked for LUSD fourteen plus years as a classified employee. Monthly salary $3264.00! She is facing furlough days and or reduced hours next fiscal year. Possiblly unemployment. However there is no room to trim the fat at the top, lets just can all the people that make the system really work, ya know like Maintainance, painters, custodians. Can we really assume that the Principal will empty the trash cans and mop the floors?

     
  • posted at 3:21 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Whoa: How much is a teacher paid for coaching a sports team? (I don't know.) Also, I don't know either of the teachers you mentioned. However, when I was in high school, many of the teachers with the most experience were just waiting for retirement. Many years of service does not make you a great teacher. It is too bad the school district can't get rid of these bad teachers.

     
  • posted at 3:14 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Shame on all of you who are making that much money and have no idea what its like to work the front lines. If you are working 60 to 70 hour weeks then maybe you should be taking some time management classes. We live in the valley and Lodi Unified is way to top heavy. How many assistants to assistants do we need? Wake up and smell the coffee you are not helping our children!!

     
  • posted at 3:02 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Wow, I'm shocked but not really surprised at most of the people on this list. It's amazing the number of people with similar titles and you think, "Whats the difference between the Assoc Super of Elem Ed & the Director of Elem Ed?" And does it really require two people with such large salaries? Or, a elementary school with the Principal & Vice with a total salary of approx $220K- really?!With only a handful of teachers on this list I will point out that most of these classroom teachers (not educrats) have been with LUSD well over 20-30+ years. Rod Gaines, PE Tokay HS, has been around forever (30?), is the Dept Head, and also earns district income as the Wrestling Coach. Greg Wright, Social Studies Lodi HS, has taught "only" about 23yrs and is one of the most respected teachers at LHS who also coaches two sports. So, before y'all start calling out teachers with 6-figure incomes you should know what you are talking about.

     
  • posted at 2:50 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    62 of these names work at school sites, not at the district office. I thought all the big salaries were at the district office?

     
  • posted at 2:43 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Many worthless people on this list. Principal's and AP's earn their money. I am still shocked at the number of JAESC employees who do not directly work with our students on a daily basis but sit and take a fat check. They are essentially stealing money and opportunities away from our children.

     
  • posted at 1:59 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    RU4REAL - BS! Most take off early on Fridays. The rest spend 1/2 the week in Meetings.

     
  • posted at 1:57 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Roughly $11,507,389.00 in salaries that did not take a pay cut when everyone else did.

     
  • posted at 1:57 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    What isn't included in these statistics is the true number of hours worked by these individuals. There is not one person on this list who works less than a 60 to 70 hour week, and some many more. When you break it down by the hours, not only is it not as attractive as you think, it's all done under the magnifying glass of public scrutiny.

     
  • posted at 1:28 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Guess this blows the "low paid pubic employee" myth out of the water. How many cops, firefighters and other city workers are in the same boat. Oh BTW this doesn't include their bennies either. Keep paying those taxes sheep the govt needs your money.

     
  • posted at 1:12 am on Wed, Dec 23, 2009.

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    Wow, 100 employees in a school district who make twice what the average teacher makes. It just doesn't seem right.

     

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