Sunday, March 01, 2009

The difference between salary and value.

"As a public employee, the difference between what you are paid and what you are worth is a charitable contribution to your community."

Of course, this statement assumes that the public employee's "worth" is greater than their "pay" and that they are fortunate enough to be working within their community.

Whether you spend your time tracking the appropriate use of procurement cards or the appropriate use of the Internet, the value that staff contribute to the District can greatly outweigh the salary they receive for performing that work. In such cases, those employees are making a sizable contribution to their community. By preventing unnecessary waste or catching unauthorized expenses, such exceptional employees deserve to be treated with greater respect.

Conversely, public employees that seemingly go out of their way to spend more scarce resources than are absolutely necessary, or seek out every opportunity to enrich their friends and associates, should be driven from the community. They have no place in public service.

While the blog is not generating a lot of entries these days, there is a reason for it. While it may not seem very obvious why there is this lull, once you start reading future entries, it will become very clear. In the meantime, I ask new blog visitors to do what many are already doing - read a few of the blog topics that are listed in the margin to the right. In a matter of minutes, you will see why so many district employees feel frustrated and will begin to understand why it is important for the community to be involved in how their school district is managed.


Anonymous said...

Could someone educate me on the process??? I know the lunch cashiers were notified of their impending job loss at least a week BEFORE the board voted to take that action. Is this proper? Smelled of something to me???

Anonymous said...

Everything that foodsevice does smells.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing surprising about this. In 2006 Tam Osborne told me that the principal of a school may say anything s/he wishes to a teacher, in any way s/he pleases, s/he may order any assignment s/he pleases, s/he may enter any teacher's classroom at anytime s/he chooses. And s/he did. Frequently. SAD STATE.
In May 2007 I attended a public forum and outted the principal/candidate for bullying me by screaming and yelling at me,then shaking his fists at me- followed by threatening me through the yearly evaluation process. This happened to me twice. The principal quietly but publicly acknowledged his "errors."
A month later Limon and Osborne went to the school and held a meeting with the staff. At that meeting, staff were warned not to communicate with evil former teachers (us) who were deemed a threat because they stood up for their rights and the rights of other teachers. No communication was to take place through school equipment. No one was to talk about the situation; there was a veiled threat that they would be disciplined if they did so. So much for the right to Freedom of Speech. What a model for our children.