LEA CLARIFIES RAISES TO ADMINISTRATORS

Laurel Education Association

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It was reported that the Laurel School District has four administrators earning over $95,000 a year. This is correct, however we need to qualify a few items:

First, Dr. Robin Andrus is paid solely through a grant from the federal government, since her position directly supports special services for students. Her entire salary is paid with grant monies, and does not require funds from our local tax dollars. She is highly qualified and earned a doctorate in school leadership in 2011. Dr. Andrus serves the taxpayers without receiving a penny from them.

However, Ms. Jennifer Givens earned around $83,000 last year and this year saw a raise in salary to $95,000. When asked about the timing of this raise in pay, the Board and district seem to feel that it is of little import, since the increase is due to a short-term grant and the local portions of this salary have been decreased. In fact – as of yet this year, the district is paying no local monies on this $95,000 salary.

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7 thoughts on “LEA CLARIFIES RAISES TO ADMINISTRATORS

  1. Let’s hear about the rest of the LSD administrators. This is only clarifying two of many. Any comment on the LIS/LMS asst. principal making more than principals in the district? Not to mention he doesn’t work the entire full work day. You would think the board of education would care (some do) about his work ethics and eliminate his contract (see previous blog post). Hopefully, the community has been heard.

  2. And where does the District think the grant money originates? The tax payers. I can hear their justification now, “Well we need to get our share of the grant money, It’s only fair.”

  3. Title 14, Chapter 15
    § 1508. Citizen oversight of district finances.
    The Department of Education shall promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, establishing procedures for appointment of citizen budget oversight committees for each of the public school districts and charter schools. These committees shall have full access either electronically or in hard-copy format to all financial documents and financial information in the possession of the school districts they are assigned to oversee, with redactions permitted only to protect confidential personal information regarding students or employees. Oversight committees shall have representation from parents, educators, and taxpayers residing in each of the public school districts, provided that in the case of charter schools membership on oversight committees shall consist of parents of students enrolled in the charter school, educators at the charter school, and representatives of the Delaware Department of Education. Where possible, oversight committees shall contain at least 2 members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. The Department of Education shall provide training to committee members. The Department shall also promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, dictating uniformity and transparency in the financial recording and bookkeeping practices of the school districts and charter schools.

    Laurel school district does not have an active CBOC and is in clear violation of state law and I have serious concerns that state, local and federal funds might be mismanaged. It is hard to believe Delaware Secretary of Education allow the DE DOE FRT walked away without ensuring the CBOC was operation per state law
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    HAS THIS EVER BEEN FORMED, AND IS IT ACTIVE IF IT HAS? DOES ANYONE KNOW

  4. Quote from Mr. Ewald’s bio on the LSD website. I have wondered for the last 2 years who might have written this:
    ” A self-professed life-long learner, Mr. Ewald brings enormous energy, intellect and enthusiasm to his new post as superintendent of schools for the Laurel School District. Mr. Ewald holds masters and bachelor’s degrees. He is currently considering a doctorate in educational leadership focused on engaging a school system community in meaningful ways and supporting and serving principals.” What has he done to further HIS education to deserve such a highly paid salary? More than a Masters in Phys. Ed?

  5. Someone used time on state salary to “find” money to fund Dr. Andrus’ position and add $12,000.00 to Jennifer Givens’ position. I find it odd that someone on the Laurel Office staff has the passion to find this money for administrative positions, and not find any money to increase teacher salaries. And yes, a short-term grant will run out sooner rather than later. Is anyone proposing that at that point, Ms. Givens’ salary returns to $83,000? I think it will not. That never happens. So…the administration is willing to use public money to fund administrative positions and find funds for administrative positions and all they can offer teachers is no raise and removal of many protections under the current contract. Shameful.

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