Original post made by Shirley and Chesley Douglas on May 15, 2007
While many students may be denied their lunches, learning tools, etc., one man and his family will be languishing in luxury with their house, moving and car allowances, health benefits and eventually, a generous retirement package. Is this really excellence in education?
For the superintendent and his assistant, it is, while our children (and our own are long gone from the system) suffer the sacrifices. Come on school board, let's get some priorities going in the right direction here!
on May 15, 2007 at 1:01 pm
Not one kid who qualifies for a free and reduced lunch will miss out on food.
McDonald's meals, which are not nearly as healthy as our school lunches, cost more and include less.
At Paly, the kids cross the street and regularly spend more than the lunch cost at Paly.
Teachers with equivalent number of years of a new Super make $80,000 per year and great benefits also..not begrudging them at all, but at the same time, I don't think 3 times that for the boss of the entire district is exhorbitant, especially for one as experienced and well-rounded as this one, coming into a district fraught with divisiveness and demands of parents.
So, though I understand the place you are coming from, I totally disagree with you.
on May 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm
While I agree that everything is very expensive, people more so than anything, I don't think paying below market for senior leadership is wise.
To paraphrase the late Tip O'Neil, "Palo Alto ain't bean bag" which is to say Mr Skelly will have to earn every penny in order to be successful in leading the District.
on May 15, 2007 at 1:17 pm
Dear Shirley and Chesley, Thank you for your concern for the PAUSD students. Rest assured that no students will go hungry, there is a reduced and low cost lunch program, plus the staff keeps an eye on any unforseen issues (children forgetting their lunch, a short term $$ problem, etc.) As far as I know, none of our schools are missing to much "stuff". With the cost of housing in PAUSD, 1 million is not much towards a house, I wish we could supplement all of our teachers so they could live in Palo Alto.