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Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#1 May 8, 2013
Here we go again. Let's close a school, terminate a bunch of teachers and support personnel, but add another position at the district office. C'mon. REALLY?? In some schools, class size has been over the legal state limit for at least two years now. But the district never applied for waivers from the state 'cause they knew the PED would not grant them. So they've been out of compliance for quite awhile already, and next year will be no better.
Parents, pack the next board meeting--this week in Shiprock Board Room. If you don't stand up to this mismanagement, the kids lose--again. And the district administration will continue to run right over what is good for kids, parents, and the Shiprock community.
Details

Preston, ID

#2 May 8, 2013
What district office job did they add? it wasn't mentioned in the article.

From the looks of it the district should plan for a 3-5 million dollar cut to the budget yearly.

If you were in charge what programs or people would you cut?
outsider

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 May 8, 2013
4 million dollar shortfall plus cash reserve from when Levinski was appointed. Wonder what the total amount actually is?
Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#4 May 9, 2013
Details wrote:
What district office job did they add? it wasn't mentioned in the article.
From the looks of it the district should plan for a 3-5 million dollar cut to the budget yearly.
If you were in charge what programs or people would you cut?
Go to the CCSD website and click on the organizational chart. Layer upon layer of directors, coordinators, supervisors--the "bureaucracy" grew under Levinski even though he started out on a platform of trimming the central office staff. Reports used to be available showing the ratio of administrators to students versus the ratio of teachers to students, but the PED website is not as user-friendly as it once was and these are hard to find.

Start by cutting some of those so-called "management" positions. Start by trimming the travel budget for administrators and managers. Too many of them are frequently gone to "training" programs that are costly. Eliminate district-owned cars provided for many of those administrators. If cuts have to deepen into instructional areas, trim the gifted program and eliminate a district coordinator for that program. All "academic" coaching positions should be cut. They are just another layer of bureaucrats who perform clerical busywork but who instruct no one.

I doubt you will find hard facts in the DT about the gap between the haves (district administration) and the have-nots (school employees and students). That would take more in-depth research than reporters typically will do.
SadforStudents

Bloomfield, NM

#5 May 9, 2013
Alice wrote:
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Go to the CCSD website and click on the organizational chart. Layer upon layer of directors, coordinators, supervisors--the "bureaucracy" grew under Levinski even though he started out on a platform of trimming the central office staff. Reports used to be available showing the ratio of administrators to students versus the ratio of teachers to students, but the PED website is not as user-friendly as it once was and these are hard to find.
Start by cutting some of those so-called "management" positions. Start by trimming the travel budget for administrators and managers. Too many of them are frequently gone to "training" programs that are costly. Eliminate district-owned cars provided for many of those administrators. If cuts have to deepen into instructional areas, trim the gifted program and eliminate a district coordinator for that program. All "academic" coaching positions should be cut. They are just another layer of bureaucrats who perform clerical busywork but who instruct no one.
I doubt you will find hard facts in the DT about the gap between the haves (district administration) and the have-nots (school employees and students). That would take more in-depth research than reporters typically will do.
Exactly! There is huge amounts of money being misappropriated through CCSD without recourse. Remember a few years ago the same thing was going on and nothing was done. Faye Blue Eyes embezzled huge amounts along with others, but when the federal government investigated and brought charges there was not one person willing to testify out of fear. She is now at Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle doing the same thing without fear as she has stacked the board members with people loyal to her and she compensates them accordingly.

CCSD does not fear the community because they feel the state department of education, department of public advocacy, etc. will not challenge them on a legal basis; therefore, they operate with a mafia-style mentality of using federal funds illegally at their discretion. Until someone has the audacity to retain a good attorney and file a federal lawsuit, they will continue to operate without consequences or accountability. They set a precedence with this behavior years ago and feel almost invincible at this point, but look at what just happened in Montana at the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation water project. Many corrupt key players were arraigned in court yesterday after charges by the FBI regarding setting up fake consulting firms, etc. to access $33 million dollars of grant money issued through the American Recovery Act toward a water system. All the people involved got away with hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars, but someone contacted the FBI and they will now pay dearly for their misdeeds. Perhaps someone should contact the feds regarding specific actions at CCSD as well!
SadforStudents

Bloomfield, NM

#6 May 9, 2013
Here is a link to the story:

Charges filed in Rocky Boy embezzlement - Havre Daily News

www.havredailynews.com/.../chargesfiledinrock... ;
SadforStudents

Bloomfield, NM

#7 May 9, 2013
This link may work better as it takes you directly to the story:

http://www.havredailynews.com/news/chargesfil...
so true

Pagosa Springs, CO

#8 May 9, 2013
Alice wrote:
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Go to the CCSD website and click on the organizational chart. Layer upon layer of directors, coordinators, supervisors--the "bureaucracy" grew under Levinski even though he started out on a platform of trimming the central office staff. Reports used to be available showing the ratio of administrators to students versus the ratio of teachers to students, but the PED website is not as user-friendly as it once was and these are hard to find.
Start by cutting some of those so-called "management" positions. Start by trimming the travel budget for administrators and managers. Too many of them are frequently gone to "training" programs that are costly. Eliminate district-owned cars provided for many of those administrators. If cuts have to deepen into instructional areas, trim the gifted program and eliminate a district coordinator for that program. All "academic" coaching positions should be cut. They are just another layer of bureaucrats who perform clerical busywork but who instruct no one.
I doubt you will find hard facts in the DT about the gap between the haves (district administration) and the have-nots (school employees and students). That would take more in-depth research than reporters typically will do.
True. Teachers know that they must do more with less while some administrators are on a spending spree. There seems to be little value of student to teacher ratios and the whole place has always been a training ground or more like a hiding ground for numerous "practice" administrators feeding off of the moneys that should go toward students and more teachers. I wish they would just get somebody to run the place who has the students in mind and not all of these giant sized egotists who brag about the trainings they attend on district dollars and tell teaching staff how it should be. These egotists could never teach but try to tell others how to teach and intimidate or blacklist anyone who disagrees with them. It's a very sick place.
outsider

Rio Rancho, NM

#9 May 10, 2013
CCSD Administration sounds like tunnel vision coupled with knee jerk reactions are the decision making process. Hopefully, things will improve.
Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#10 May 10, 2013
So we learned at last night's special board meeting that the district has changed its mind and will not close another Shiprock school. It appears that CCSD is receiving more fed funding. So I wonder--when did they know that? Did they get some last-minute communication just before the meeting?
It's good another school will not be closed, but you have to ask what that was all about anyway. Perhaps they had other ideas about how to use that funding, but with an outcry from the community and students decided to back off the plan. I'd like to know.
There's still much for the administration to answer. Why do they need so many administrators, directors, coordinators, and supervisors in the central office, but don't have a problem cutting teachers and other school employees which increases class size and diminishes the quality of education for kids? Why do they continue to spend so much on administrative travel for more and more so-called training? They'll spend money to remodel the superintendent's housing, but adequate cooling and heat in some schools continues to elude them.
It's very telling that, at last night's meeting, they also decided not to present the budget with a packed audience who wanted to know. Must have been one of those last-minute communications. Nevermind the agenda.
SadforStudents

Bloomfield, NM

#11 May 10, 2013
Alice wrote:
So we learned at last night's special board meeting that the district has changed its mind and will not close another Shiprock school. It appears that CCSD is receiving more fed funding. So I wonder--when did they know that? Did they get some last-minute communication just before the meeting?
It's good another school will not be closed, but you have to ask what that was all about anyway. Perhaps they had other ideas about how to use that funding, but with an outcry from the community and students decided to back off the plan. I'd like to know.
There's still much for the administration to answer. Why do they need so many administrators, directors, coordinators, and supervisors in the central office, but don't have a problem cutting teachers and other school employees which increases class size and diminishes the quality of education for kids? Why do they continue to spend so much on administrative travel for more and more so-called training? They'll spend money to remodel the superintendent's housing, but adequate cooling and heat in some schools continues to elude them.
It's very telling that, at last night's meeting, they also decided not to present the budget with a packed audience who wanted to know. Must have been one of those last-minute communications. Nevermind the agenda.
You are exactly correct in assuming they did not want to discuss or disclose the budget with so many people present! They were nervous at that point and decided to pursue their business as usual approach when the public is not present to question their every move. They should be required to broadcast every meeting via the web so people can actually see their usual approach to making decisions on behalf of their constituents.
Trail Hunter

Chinle, AZ

#12 May 10, 2013
We the People deserve better and I hope when these students get their education degree they will remember who almost took it all away from them.

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#13 May 10, 2013
Alice wrote:
So we learned at last night's special board meeting that the district has changed its mind and will not close another Shiprock school. It appears that CCSD is receiving more fed funding. So I wonder--when did they know that? Did they get some last-minute communication just before the meeting?
It's good another school will not be closed, but you have to ask what that was all about anyway. Perhaps they had other ideas about how to use that funding, but with an outcry from the community and students decided to back off the plan. I'd like to know.
There's still much for the administration to answer. Why do they need so many administrators, directors, coordinators, and supervisors in the central office, but don't have a problem cutting teachers and other school employees which increases class size and diminishes the quality of education for kids? Why do they continue to spend so much on administrative travel for more and more so-called training? They'll spend money to remodel the superintendent's housing, but adequate cooling and heat in some schools continues to elude them.
It's very telling that, at last night's meeting, they also decided not to present the budget with a packed audience who wanted to know. Must have been one of those last-minute communications. Nevermind the agenda.
Didn't they already trim own the administrative budget quite a bit over what the Mannings were doing?
Same stuff-different crew

Rio Rancho, NM

#14 May 11, 2013
Trimmed and changed position names then re-established different positions and salaries. Shell game. Creative administrative tactics. Not much has changed and the Manning boys are not in power. Present administration appears to be worse-time will tell. I don't think larger districts have as much chaos as CCSD. I was in hopes that CCSD would change. Maybe it will-probably take change in Central Office.
Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#15 May 11, 2013
Same stuff, different crew has apparently turned out to be the case. Too bad. There was an opportunity to do so much better and the administration blew it. A national government website makes stats on school districts far more accessible than the PED site which is virtually worthless these days if the public wants to see district reports about staffing and funding.
Every site is behind the reporting curve; however, stats show that for 2010-2011, district administration included 23 management positions. Go to CCSD website and pull up the organizational chart. Take a count of management positions there and you will see about 35 which does not include academic or EPO coaches.
There are 25 separate central office departments/offices. One specific redundancy is a full-time public relations plus another full-time position titled, Enrichment & Community Relations Coordinator. Besides the number of managerial positions that already exist at the district level, the talk around the place is that a new director in charge of secondary schools will be created which is a spin-off from a current director position that manages both elementary and secondary school sites.
So Subutai, if you have documentation to show that the administration budget has decreased, I'm sure the public would like to see that. Where are the PED staffing reports the district must file? These will include positions plus salaries. It's time the district stopped hiding behind a smoke-and-mirrors strategy. It is definitely a "shell game" as a previous contributor to this forum has stated.

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#16 May 11, 2013
Last years budget is a good example, the first one of Levinski's it achieved something Manning never did. They got the ratio of classroom money vs Administrative monies where the state wanted it. I think it was something like 64% to the classroom. The only way to achieve that is to cut administrative costs.

Much more money was wasted before, but then again past administrations made poor decisions when they had a surplus of funds, yet still turned out a poor product.

This administration is trying to improve it, all the while with less money. And with segments of both communities hell bent on ruining their own kids education.

By the way epperson/manning made both positions you are talking about.
BookofMoron

United States

#17 May 11, 2013
Subutai wrote:
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Didn't they already trim own the administrative budget quite a bit over what the Mannings were doing?
Didn't the Manings waste over $2 million every year on the Kirtland Manning golf course??? that was Byes and Randinas favorite place to play golf at CCSD expense. BTW Levinski also cut out Mark Amo who used to waste over $1 million every year on expensive shows. CCSD under the Mannings used to bail out that crook Mark Amo. Good job Levinski for putting a stop to such waste.
BookofMoron

United States

#18 May 11, 2013
Most of CCSDs enrollment apparently dropped in Kirtland. Levinski needs to make the cuts where the enrollment dropped and not punish the rest of the district. Time to fire more Children First/Manning cronies who probably pulled their kids out of Kirtland and sent them elsewhere.
Alice

Idaho Springs, CO

#19 May 11, 2013
Whatever happened under previous administrations is no reflection on what the current administration is doing. Will be interesting to see if they explain at the public budget review session just how they managed to get millions in debt to the state, and where exactly that money went.
Say what you will about the bad decisions of the past, CCSD is top-heavy and growing. Enrollment is decreasing for a reason, and that reason is poor management. Every time enrollment decreases, so does funding. Central is a sinking ship, and that is the fault of the captain.

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#20 May 11, 2013
Alice wrote:
Whatever happened under previous administrations is no reflection on what the current administration is doing. Will be interesting to see if they explain at the public budget review session just how they managed to get millions in debt to the state, and where exactly that money went.
Say what you will about the bad decisions of the past, CCSD is top-heavy and growing. Enrollment is decreasing for a reason, and that reason is poor management. Every time enrollment decreases, so does funding. Central is a sinking ship, and that is the fault of the captain.
It is when the tools of the past administration are constantly hypocritically pointing out the smallest problem.

I think you are a bit lost on the get in debt to the state, it doesn't work that way.

Manning -2010 budget 4 million budget hole - close a good school on the reservation, but keep operating, a duplicate administrative office, Golf course, the white elephant preforming arts centers, Parents as teachers, Multiple layers of useless, and unqualified friends of his in administrative positions.

Levinski- 2012 budget 5 million budget hole - Closed KBO, multiple administrative positions removed, PAT program revamped and the administration restructured,+63% of the budget to the classroom. NO Schools closing. Very Few people actually laid off.

Levinski 2013 proposed budget now apparently a 2 million dollar hole. music programs for 5th graders, and 43 positions laid off. a couple being teachers (likely they got rid of some problem teachers)

It is pretty clear who is doing better and being more responsible. It wasn't Byron Manning. He wouldn't of had the **** to make those changes even if he had to. It would have meant people would have been mad at randy eventually and not elected him then Byron would have been moved out pretty quickly without that support.

Enrollment is decreasing in Kirtland because it has become a poor place to raise a family. Poor neighbors, who are doing their best to ruin the already poor schools.

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