Editor’s Note: These were the comments that I made to the Huntsville City School’s Board of Education at the board meeting tonight. Dr. Wardynski’s response to my comments was, “I did not state that we were hiring people at a nationally competitive rate, but rather that the salaries were competitive on the state level.” I have decided to accept his word on this point. Yet the question remains, why are we competitive on a state level in administrative positions but paying our teachers the state minimum? I have altered the statement below to reflect this change.
It’s interesting that that was the only thing he chose to respond to.
Dr. Wardynski, I’m here to remind you to put students first.
There are soon going to be at least four salaried positions whose primary jobs are to assist you in doing your job. Right now, my son has access to two-fifths of one aide to assist him. These positions include your Administrative Assistant, The Director of Transition, and you’re planning to hire a Director of Community Engagement and Partnership Development at a rate of $58,000 to $95,000. Finally, you’re planning to hire a Deputy Superintendent at a rate of $84,000 to $134,000 a year.
The superintendent continues to hire people at, as he said about the new CSFO,
nationally competitive rates state competitive rates. These new contracts include incentive based raises. In short, the superintendent has at least $252,000 in aides while my son has $4,000 in aides.
I would like to know how you can justify this?
How can you justify these positions when students are still waiting for teachers to be hired?
How can you justify these positions when students are still waiting for instructional assistants to help them in their transitions?
How can you justify offering raises to administrators when teachers’ step raises have been frozen for an indeterminate amount of time?
How can you justify offering
nationally competitive state competitive salaries to your administration when new teacher salaries are set at the state minimum?
How can you justify adding these central office positions to the system’s budget when we don’t have money for teachers to buy basic supplies like ink or paper?
How can you justify spending 63 times more money on yourself as you have my son?
How can you justify putting your needs in front of the needs of the students?
Please, Dr. Wardynski, Mr. Blair, Dr. Robinson, Mr. Birney, Ms. Morrison, Ms. McCaulley, put students first.