Friday, October 29, 2010

Brizard Gets New 3 Yr. Contract ...

   
... AND A $12,000 Raise To $235,000

SCATS ~~ Translated, that's just 'chump change' to Frank Oberg who is positioning the Greece Central School District to hire the area's most highly paid superintendent without any goals for either the school board OR the new district leader!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only in Greece will they spend and waste an exorbitant amount of money on someone with no goals. Being Greece it will probably be with someone with without ethics/character. Of course the entire 3rd floor doesn't have these qualities either!

Anonymous said...

The need for goals should be number one for the BOE. Without the goals and the specific deliverables, how can any person even apply for the job? How else does anyone know what job they are applying for?
As an aside and a notice to the BOE, if the city can attract, hire, and keep and quality leader like Mr Brizard at this price point, why, of why, does Greece need to suggest $250K? Mr Brizard has a demonstrated list of accomplishments, and specific actions to prove he supports education of every child. We do not need to "open the coffers" to attract quality!

SCATS said...

Well said, 8:27AM!!

Anonymous said...

Let me check my third grade math.
Since Greece is about one third the size of the city of Rochester, it seems to me that we should be able to hire a quality leader for about $80,000 per year ($239,000 divided by 3).

That $80,000 would be a good starting point with bonuses added for agreed to performance improvements.
Hats off to the city for giving Greece a new starting point. Go for it Greece school board!!

Anonymous said...

Looking at the last two "Steve's" we had as superintendents, and comparing them to Mr.Brizard, we were really short changed (the term "chump" change in this case would be very applicable to these two). Oberg and the rest of the BOE must have their heads where the sun don't shine to feel Greece needs to spend #250K plus perks on a new superintnedent. The search for a new leader looks like business as usual for Greece

Anonymous said...

Frank's unfortunate comment aside.

Several factors come into play when determining a Superintendent's salary. Here are a few:

1. The experience and quality of the candidate. This would include degrees, amount of experience at the district level, amount of success at the district level, experience with areas of need. (e.g. Greece - redistricting, schools of choice, and contract negotiations are few that come to mind.)

2. The size of the district - Superintendents of larger districts are often paid more.

3. The chance of perceived success in the job. Candidates are going to shy away from dysfunctional situations. (If you want a quality Superintendent you'll have to pay them extra to work with a difficult board or a bargaining unit that is in protracted negotiations)

If Greece promotes from within, they may get a decent superintendent for a good price. Outside candidates, I believe, will look at the situation and ask for top dollar (that is if they don't run away!).

Anonymous said...

Many years ago, the Teachers' Union Chief, Dr Adam Urbanski, argues that the City needed to raise teacher salaries to get better teachers. The City BOE agreed and raised salaries to a (then) enormously high level. Unfortunately, what Dr. Urbanski failed to mention was that since the teachers had tenure, there was no way of getting rid of the poor ones to make room for new good ones. The City continues to fail its children.
The point of this historic review is to point out that salary should follow performance, not precede it.
Remember that those who do not remember history will repeat its mistakes.

SCATS said...

To 5PM ~~ I get your message. Please shout it louder so that Oberg, the other BOE members and the person who posted at 3:59PM can hear you too.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Yoo-hooo! I'm right here!
-A

Anonymous said...

Promote from within ? That would be like letting Nick Joseph drive a Greece School bus or Gary Pignato teaching Stratagies for Success . Not a good idea ! Maybe the Bills should have made Trent Edwards the Coach too.

Anonymous said...

what's the grad rate in RCSD? How come you are all about Brizard when he hasn't demonstrated the ability to deliver improvements (significant at any rate) to that data point that you all holler about on here?

SCATS said...

To 11:28AM ~~ The grad rate isn't all that much worse than Greece's has become. Besides, ask any Greece teacher and they will tell you it's those damned free lunches that are to blame for such things.

Anonymous said...

You're right SCATS. From the studies that I've run, there is certainly a direct correlation between the number of free lunches served and the low graduation rate.

If I were Superintendent, reclassifying who gets free lunches to reduce the number would be my top priority.

Heartless reclassification of students receiving special ed services got Deb Hoeft EE ratings and eventually, a promotion. This could work!

See how easy it is for me to be a leader?

-A

Anonymous said...

Sine the TARP money is all being repaid, according to news sources, Congress has trillions to spend. Any money coming in is treated as "found money" so it's open season on finding ways to spend it quickly. The Feds will probably start funding free lunches for even more students and everyone will see their grad rates drop!