Arnold stands up for Paul

July 30, 2006

busAsst. Superintendent Ronnie Arnold stood up for his boss – Escambia Superintendent of Schools Jim Paul – with a viewpoint in the PNJ ( Arnold viewpoint). Arnold is responding to criticisim from the Escambia teachers union over the proposed pay increase.

His points: Current offer of a 6.5 % average salary increase gives teachers 34.5% over past 6 years.

For the prior six yrs [under Jim May (1996-2000) & Bill Malloy (1992-94) teachers only got 14.8%. Support staff is up 24% (15% May, Malloy).

Plus, Paul has cut administration – 18.5%. (I miscomputed this in the original post as 6.2%)

RO Note: Other than government employees – has anyone else gotten a 34.5% raise since 2000?

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3 Responses to “Arnold stands up for Paul”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Whew hew! So, a teacher that made $22,000 in 2000 WOULD MAKE — hold on to your seats — roughly $29,000! Son! Sign me up!

    And a 6.2% decrease in administration OVER SIX YEARS?

    Wow, now that’s impressive! A 6.2% cut is paltry. We need massive cuts.

    We should cut the Hall Center staff in half (at least half) and get rid of all the excess teaching and staff positions elsewhere.

    There are way too many people in our schools who are not teaching in classrooms, yet are being counted as teaching units in order to meet class size amendment requirements. Many of these are our most senior individuals and are pulling the biggest paychecks.

    I’m happy we’ve given our teachers a raise. But, we are still about $10,000 behind our neighboring counties. We need to look at what Gates did in Okaloosa and model that. I believe Todd Leonard will be serious about cutting waste and holding our Principals accountable for their individual schools performance.

    Its time for some fresh ideas in Escambia County. No excuses, lets get it done.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Whew hew! So, a teacher that made $22,000 in 2000 WOULD MAKE — hold on to your seats — roughly $29,000! Son! Sign me up!

    And a 6.2% decrease in administration OVER SIX YEARS?

    Wow, now that’s impressive! A 6.2% cut is paltry. We need massive cuts.

    We should cut the Hall Center staff in half (at least half) and get rid of all the excess teaching and staff positions elsewhere.

    There are way too many people in our schools who are not teaching in classrooms, yet are being counted as teaching units in order to meet class size amendment requirements. Many of these are our most senior individuals and are pulling the biggest paychecks.

    I’m happy we’ve given our teachers a raise. But, we are still about $10,000 behind our neighboring counties. We need to look at what Gates did in Okaloosa and model that.

    Its time for some fresh ideas in Escambia County. Todd Leonard does not appear to be a status quo candidate. Visit his website and you’ll find someone who is passionate about taking out schools to the top. The taxpayers have earned it and the students deserve the best.

    No excuses, lets get it done.

  3. WanderingHoo Says:

    Actually a 35% increase in salary over 6 years is not very much. It averages out to 5% a year, so I would certainly hope someone besides government employees can point to the same increases.

    Escambia teachers started at such a lower point than our neighbors in Alabama and Santa Rosa that this represents a positive step, but we’re still losing good teachers to our neighbors.

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