Sunday, October 24, 2010

Frank Oberg: $30,000 Extra for Supt. Salary Is "Chump Change"

  
The D&C appears to report (you can't really tell because once again, their figures* don't add up):  The Board of Education of the Greece Central School District is worried they can't "lure" a new superintendent "chump" with a salary range of $190,000 to $220,000 when they have set NO GOALS for the district, NO MEASURES for the new "chump" to aspire to and have NO PATH PLANNED to lead GCSD out of the bottom of the county rankings!

"If you don't pay competitively, you won't get the kind of people you need. Fortunately, in a school district there's only one person we have to pay that kind of salary to. And whether you pay $200,000 or $250,000, the difference is really chump change when you look at it against our $200 million budget." ~~ Frank Oberg, President of the Greece Board of Education Chumps

SCATS ~~ Gimme a break, Frank! You compare running GCSD to running a company on this item but then FAIL to run the district in the lean and mean fashion most companies MUST operate in to compete in this economy! You've FAILED to close schools despite DECLINING ENROLLMENT! You've FAILED to reorganize the way we provide education by eliminating school choice, you've FAILED to stop wasting $$ busing kids all over town and you've FAILED to create standards for the BOE, the Supt. and administration to get this train wreck of a school district back on track!

* The headline: "Greece schools plan to pay next superintendent $250,000" vs.
"That's $30,000 per year more than the district's Board of Education offered in salary for the job during an unsuccessful leadership search earlier this year." vs.
"Oberg said the Greece school board boosted the potential pay scale after hearing that possibly qualified candidates weren't lured by the $230,000 top-end offer from the superintendent search earlier this year."
 

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hubbard and Muscato where are you.
what mosnter did you let loose on the district. Dr Jecklyl and Mr. Oberg? what message does this send to employees? That they are just "chump change" and disposable?

SCATS said...

To 11:30AM ~~ I can't wait to hear from the union about the "chump change" the BOE rejected by voting no on GTA's new contract ;)

Anonymous said...

Possibly qualified candidates weren't lured by he 230k.
And the board has not defined what a 'qualified candidate' is.

That speaks volumns.

SCATS said...

To 12:20PM ~~ They can't define it, because they would be sued for discrimination.

Anonymous said...

Oberg- EPIC FAIL!

Anonymous said...

I hear Michelle Rhee is available. She was able to close schools in D.C. and fire more than 200 teachers who were underperforming. I'm sure we wouldn't even look twice at a candidate like that in Greece.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at what you guy Oberg is doing for you now that he's the boss SCATS! You've supported this guy and here's what he does. Way to pick em!

SCATS said...

To 2:49PM ~~ The man I supported hadn't been chugging the Kool-Aid. I blame the Boily bunch for getting Frank to sell his soul.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Oberg and the BOE are so out of touch with the community, it is embarassing. The "chump change" Mr. Oberg mentions illstrates just how overzealous he and BOE must be. They vote NO to the proposed GTA contract, one that would have saved the district thousands (health care, tuition reimbursement), and then we get this article. Maybe the BOE should focus on creating positive community connections through integrity, honesty and complete transparency. This could attract the $250,000 supt. they want. It's not about money, it's about our poor reputation, and qualified candidates do research, and probably think it's just not worth it to come to Greece. And Mr. Oberg and the D&C, comparing a $250,000 salary with those of supts. in Rockland, Nassau and Westchester Counties is absurd due to major differences in cost of living. Just check out real estate prices alone. Another slap in the face by the BOE to the Greece community. Sad and disappointing, yet not surprising.

SCATS said...

To 3:17PM ~~ To me, the most embarassing part is that the Greece community hasn't run these fools out of office AND out of town. I think Mr. Oberg views the taxpayers as the real chumps.

Anonymous said...

I'd do the job for $230,000. I'm basically running things anyway.
-A

SCATS said...

To 3:54PM ~~ I'd do the job for $150,000 and would guarantee things won't be in any worse shape than they already are a year from now.

Anonymous said...

I think you mis-understood Oberg. He called it "chumps' change" (with the apostrophe) meaning the taxpayers who put up with this claptrap. If we really could get someone who wasn't run out of another district to apply, someone who needed to be re-packaged, re-purposed, and re-designed to become even modestly acceptable and hire-able, it would be worth talking about salary. Most of our recent candidates were so anxious to get another job, the salary wasn't the defining factor.

Anonymous said...

There is no question but that Frank Oberg has sold his soul to the devil (we all know who that is). Next he'll be joining the Chamber and we can all watch while this district goes straight to hell, because that bunch couldn't care less about our district, it's all about their little world and total control.

SCATS said...

To 4:33PM ~~ I quoted him correctly according to what the article states: "chump change." I DO get your point though, thus my reference to "the taxpayers as the real chumps" earlier today on this thread.

To 5:02PM ~~ Care to lead us as we hold hands and sing Kum-bay-ah at the next Resident's Forum?

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought: we set the salary at 150K and appeal to the "starting" superintendents, those who would like some experience running a district. We pick them up at the beginning of their career, they get to learn from our district and see if they really want to do this. Could a person with no record possibly be any worse than the retreads we have had in the recent past?

SCATS said...

To 6:46PM ~~ Actually, I believe we attracted some VERY good candidates in the past. The problem is our BOE is in denial. They may say they want a change, but they don't really mean it. Thus, we get stuck with the same old type time after time after time.

Anonymous said...

There are some people that are working for $15 per hour making $600 per week so $31,200 per year. They have degrees and are just at the entry level. They are working the whole year for the "chump change" difference that Mr. Oberg so nonchalantly speaks about. Many of the the employees of the AGCEP group are also working in totality for that "chump change". Those on unemployment are living on at most $400 per week which is just over $20,000. I think the residents and employees of Greece deserve an apology from Oberg and that he resign.

SCATS said...

To 12:46AM ~~ You make a good argument. I hadn't thought of it that way. Oberg should apologize to all for being insensitive, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought:
Mr Oberg suggests that 250K for a "business" that has a $200 M annual budget is not out of line. But many CEO's running a $200M business would get bonuses as part of their salary.
Perhaps we should set the base salary at $125 and depending which goals the superintendent meets, the bonus could bring the salary to $200-250.
For Goals,how about using the early predictors that Steve II was suppose to provide that would predict Graduation Rates, Drop Out Rates, Standardized Test Performance, etc to set annual goals for the new Supt.
That assumes, of course, that he BOE actually has those early predictors that could be used to evaluate performance...

Anonymous said...

I'll do it for $80,000 . All you have to do is make a nice slide show presentation , and tread water for as long as you can . Nothing in the slide show can really happen because of the Unions . Oh and you have to stay awake for the Graduations .Tough gig!

SCATS said...

To 1:08PM ~~ How about a bonus for every 5% increase in graduation rates? How about a significant bonus for getting Greece back into the top third of schools for performance in Monroe County? How about another bonus for cutting the drop-out rate to under 3%? Early predictors are fine, but results are better ;)

To 2:35PM ~~ OK, OK, you drive a hard bargain! I'll do it for $75,000 ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS: Ultimately we need graduation rates and dropout rates to improve and to get the test scores up. The changes a Supt makes won't have a lasting impact for several years and that's probably too long for a Supt to wait for the bonus. That's why I suggested using the early predictors, if they exist

Anonymous said...

An exhorbitant salary will turn GCSD around,
just wait and see. We'll have the makings
of a "World-class school district" in no time!

Anonymous said...

Supers. need to take a stake in the long term results of districts. Something like stock options need to be a part of the pay package. Younger, hungry, eager, unknowns should be included in those that are interviewed. Options that are exercised four and five years down the road would be of interest to the eager wannabes.

Charlie Hubard said...

I hope Greece residents will see the hypocracy when 5 board members used the 'cost' of having a second vote at budget time.
It was phony then and it's phony now.
1:08 has the right idea - I happen to think the board is capible of doing business in a business like manner - unfortunatly other district school boards have the same problem.

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ That point is right on target! They "saved" us mere "chump change" to force feed us a budget higher than we rejected.