Sunday, March 14, 2010

While GCSD Graduation Rates Tank ...

    
GASA Performance Skyrockets!

2007 ~~ ALL GASA Administrators were Meeting or Exceeding standards.

2008 ~~ 12 Exceeding Standards
               41 Meeting Standards
                2 Not Meeting Standards

2009 ~~ 21 Exceeding Standards
               35 Meeting Standards
                 3 Not Meeting Standards

SCATS ~~ How can this be?
    

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

What expectations did these people meet? Anybody know?

Anonymous said...

How many were there in 2007?
Seems to me that there were at least 4 positions we could trim from the 2009 total.
If 55 was enough in 2008, we sure don't need 59 now, right?

Charlie Hubbard said...

Yet another example of how there is NO relationship between COST and QUALITY within the public education monopoly.

It also should be noted this contract year runs from Jan. to Jan. instead of evaluations at the end of the school year thereby reflecting year end 'results'.

SCATS said...

To 8:32AM ~~ You'll have to ask the Supt & the BOE! They are the ones who hand out the raises.

To 8:40AM ~~ I don't have that figure, sorry. The info posted came from a FOIL request forwarded to me.

Charlie ~~ You're right, the results for 2010 won't be known until Jan. 2011.

Anonymous said...

Obviously one of the criterion for meeting the standards was NOT acceptable graduation rate.
Maybe they hand out questionnaires to the PTA moms and let them decide.
Maybe if they stay off the radar and have no issues with staff and parents they are acceptable.
We know there is someone that was a GASA member that follows this blog. Maybe he can tell us the standards when he was a principal. They are probably the same since Walts, because none of the superintendents since his time initiated anything.

SCATS said...

To 9:10AM ~~ The "standards" issue for GASA only became a reality rather recently, around 2007 I think.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone read Herb Swingle's comments in the D & C today?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who is not meeting standards?

Anonymous said...

Do they still compete for the increase in their salary? It used to be that they were evaluated and competed against each other for a piece of the increase.
Example: Add up all the salaries and put in the percent increase for that year say 4%. That is the total increase for all the GASA members. They volunteered/collective bargaining agreement that the highest scorers would get the highest rate of increase the middle would get a middle percent increase and the lowest scorers would get the lowest or none maybe. So a high scorer on the evaluation could get a 5 percent increase on his 120k salary for that year where a lower performing principal would get a 3 percent increase on his 120K salary. Is it still that way or do they all get the same percentage increase?

SCATS said...

To 10:22AM ~~ Thanks for pointing that out. I'll be posting it soon.

To 11:51PM ~~ I do not know & I don't think you'll get that info from the district since it's "personnel" related.

To 12:30PM ~~ That no longer appears to be the case. Instead, for each of the three yrs. their contract is in force and they meet or exceed standards, they get a 3.4% pay increase. I'll post a link to their contract out front for everyone to view ;)

Anonymous said...

It appears from the contract(thanks) states that if they do receive a meeting or exceeding standards that they do receive the increase in pay. (And if they receive a promotion they automatically receive a 5% increase, prorated somehow for a portion of a year.)So since it says nothing about an increase if they are "not meeting" can we infer that there is no increase for those few?
So if one looked at the salary info for any/all of these people over the last 2 years and there was not an increase, then they were "not meeting" standards. Sounds like work but it could be done with a FOIL request for the "documents which would have the salary info for the GASA employees" from 2008 to 2010.
All salary and wage info is open under FOIL. Even their w-2's with ss number redacted.

SCATS said...

To 2:23PM ~~ I think that would work. If you suspect a certain person, you could just look them up on See Thru NY for 2 yrs. too, I think ;)

SCATS said...

I just sat here using the district's website to look up principal names and entered them all into SeeThruNY for the yrs. 2008 and 2009. ALL of them got raises! (A couple of those positions had employee turnover though.) Even John Rivers got a raise.

Anonymous said...

I find it appaling that John Rivers got a raise when he was put on a JUUL agreement and now is "resigning"! How can this be? What is the BOE thinking?

Anonymous said...

It seems quite evident that the board and administration are pleased with the results we have been getting.
Thats what I'm reading into this.

SCATS said...

To 3:42PM ~~ Either that or they just don't care. I'm really not sure which it is. Of course, the other thing is that collectively they barely make one dimly lit bulb.

Anonymous said...

The boe handed evidence to Rivers to use in his suit against the district- "I was performing to expectations."

Anonymous said...

These results, while ridiculous, are just further proof of WHY this district continues to cling to open enrollment/lottery/schools of choice. Simply put, it divides and conquers parents. The chance that kids within a given neighborhood share the same school, yet alone the same teacher, is almost non-existant. Therefore when problems within schools come up, parents are left without a traditional network like they used to have. So rather than several parents speaking to the school or district, and demanding results, it`s just a parent or two standing alone. It`s not nearly as effective and much easier to sweep under a rug. I myself had an issue earlier in the year, where I wanted to speak with another child`s parents to avoid/solve an issue between our children, an issue the assistant principal had completly screwed up. Instead of asking the ass. principal for the other parents phone number, which I knew would never happen, I simply asked that my number be given to the other parents. The response, OH NO, I CAN`T DO THAT. Divide and conquer.

Anonymous said...

What suit could John Rivers possibly have against the District?

Anonymous said...

Are you sure he has a suit against the District? Or is it the suit where he is being sued by a teacher for inappropriate conduct?

SCATS said...

I'm wondering if 4:54PM might be thinking of John Niles ... ?

Anonymous said...

Scats 3:48-
That simply NOT TRUE! I for one, make one all by myself.
-A

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that GASA got a new contract in the last couple of years. Salary increases that you are seeing could be related to that, and not to whether particular administrators were meeting standards.

SCATS said...

To 7:04PM ~~ I posted the most recent contract out front and its language includes the "meeting" or "exceeding standards" and the 3.4% increase I mentioned earlier. Feel free to check it out.

SCATS said...

To 6:55PM ~~ Are you saying the lights are on but nobody is home?? lol

Anonymous said...

7:04 Are you saying that no matter what, the whole of GASA got new pay tier amounts and the 3.4% increase would be on top of that? That would make it difficult to sift out the non performers.
This is so confusing!