Monday, September 09, 2013

Standard-Examiner Review: Top of Utah Districts Compensate Teachers About the Same (?)

First things first: While Superintendent Smith busily "guts" the Ogden Public School System, he's not the least bit shy about "wallowing up" to the public trough

Interesting story in yesterday's Standard-Examiner reporting on the relative salary parity of school district administrator and teacher salaries across the Ogden, Weber, Davis and Box Elder school districts (ostensibly) "showing the four districts more or less are in the same boat with base pay rates":
One notable outlier: Ogden School District's Superintendent Brad Smith, whose base $120,400 salary is augmented by a unique contractual "perq," allowing him "receive up to $30,000 in [annual] performance pay in addition to his base salary."

Smith has thereby banked an additional $53 thousand in "performance pay," over the past two years, the S-E article reports.

 “To my knowledge, I’m the only superintendent in the state that receives performance pay,” Smith said, regarding this one-of-a-kind "entitlement," exhibiting little effort to wipe the giant smile off his face.

We have to hand it to Superintendent Smith for his sheer gall in "wallowing up" up to the public trough, while meanwhile, he busily proceeds with his agenda of "axing" school librarians, tossing 250 "reading coaches" overboard, "canning" adult education, and otherwise driving the Ogden School system into the ground.

And in the wake of  the first round of letter-grade latest test scores, it would appear that Superintendent Smith is well on his way to a further 2013 performance pay windfall, of course.

First things first, eh, Superintendent Smith?

And the beat goes on...


So who'll be the first to throw in their own 2¢?

12 comments:

Ben said...

Same old story

Brett said...

Keep raising hell...

Lisa said...

It is absolutely unethical - I'm thinking he wrote his own contract.

Brad Smith said...

Oink!

AWM said...

Smith supervises approx 700 teaching positions for a base salary of $120K. Even with his $25K or so yearly bonus, it actually appears to be a bargain* for that level of responsibility/authority. Mind you, I'm not saying the public is getting its moneys worth in terms of performance from him, just that you'd have to pay me a heck of lot more to try and keep 700 employees happy, deal with the complexities of the educational system, the thousands of students, the union, to say nothing of the non-stop public scrutiny and second guessing from the media and parents. *Disclaimer: an underperforming school district isn't a bargain at ANY cost.

rudizink said...

"*Disclaimer: an underperforming school district isn't a bargain at ANY cost."


Yep. THAT's the catch.

Brett said...

What
are the criteria for Smith getting the bonuses? I think performance
pay is great, but it needs to be based on empirical measurements.

Ben said...

We don't know, we have asked, and they are unwilling to share.

formersaltlaker said...

Smith does what he wants.

formersaltlaker said...

He probably did. He got his cronies to appoint him, they just renewed his contract, and he is accountable to no one.

John_St_John said...

He is using the crib notes of John Inglish.

Grateful said...

Thank you to all those who have worked so hard to push for more transparency and openness with this superintendent. The information in this article
probably would not have come out if it hadn't been for your efforts!

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