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Lodi Unified School District trustees extend superintendent contract to 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 2:05 pm, Wed Aug 24, 2011.

Lodi Unified School District trustees voted to extend Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer’s contract through June 2014 at their meeting Tuesday.

Although he complimented the strides he feels the district’s top leader has made in recent months, trustee Ken Davis voted against the extension, citing financial concerns with her annual salary.

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7 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:41 pm on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Mr Dawes stated...the teachers union got ever board member elected that they endorsed...they got exactly what they wanted. " I do not believe that is true.

    soooo... what is true? If you have information, why not share it.

     
  • William Dawes posted at 6:44 pm on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 115

    Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.
    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 3822

    ".. the teachers union got ever board member elected that they endorsed...they got exactly what they wanted. "

    I do not believe that is true.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:12 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1904

    If you look at http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/ca/district-profile/752 and scroll through the scores you can see just how good of job the LUSD powers have been doing. The district scores are virtually all BELOW state average. I don't mind a contract extension but if we were doing this badly in our job we would be looking a pay cut.

    Why reward being led to below average?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jerry Bransom posted at 7:05 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011...
    I guess the lesson here is if you are in power, you don't really have to pay for your mistakes. Let everyone else pay for them.

    Jerry... your point is one possible lesson.

    Another might be that people “in the know” (the teachers union and school board) manipulated voters to gain something. It is possible that Ms Washer was the boogie man that was needed to generate anger and the votes needed to achieve an end. I think there was mob mentality that resulted in certain events taking place. If you look at the results instead of the words said... the teachers union got ever board member elected that they endorsed...they got exactly what they wanted. Yet... the scapegoat (Ms Washer) gets a pay extension from the board that claimed she was bad. Now they say she changed and deserves a second chance. In addition, the union was very very pleased with the contract that was offered after the election and stated... we got the very best deal we could have under the circumstance with the new board. The deal was quickly signed sealed and delivered.

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 7:05 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    I guess the lesson here is if you are in power, you don't really have to pay for your mistakes. Let everyone else pay for them.

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 7:04 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    What a bizarre series of events! Now I really am confused.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:55 am on Wed, Aug 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Before the vote, Neely recalled a day last December when he and Heberle sat down with Nichols-Washer to assure her that they did not leave their day jobs to get rid of her.

    I wonder if the teachers in the trenches feel the same way...is Washer really that much better or was she never that bad in the first place?

    The teachers were screaming for her departure and complained of what they thought was her over paid salary... I wonder if this same argument will resurface once the next contract year comes up and teachers are asked to reduce their pay.

     
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