$50 Fee For Refrigerator

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New Teacher

Pasadena, TX

#1 Jun 7, 2013
Again the school district stabs us in the back. It was no pay raises for two years while they built an elevator, installed flat screen televisions and built the Adair Luxury Box at the stadium and now this.

Today we were told that if we wanted a cube refrigerator in our classrooms next year we were to pay a $50 permit fee.

Don Dean instituted this, and he visited Pasadena ISD to find out their policy. It is $35, so on his drive back to the administration building he found it in his heart to raise the bar $15.

I spend about $1500 of my money every year on my kids and they want more from me for a small refrigerator.

Thank you so much.
same old, same old

Deer Park, TX

#2 Jun 8, 2013
New Teacher wrote:
Again the school district stabs us in the back. It was no pay raises for two years while they built an elevator, installed flat screen televisions and built the Adair Luxury Box at the stadium and now this.

Today we were told that if we wanted a cube refrigerator in our classrooms next year we were to pay a $50 permit fee.

Don Dean instituted this, and he visited Pasadena ISD to find out their policy. It is $35, so on his drive back to the administration building he found it in his heart to raise the bar $15.

I spend about $1500 of my money every year on my kids and they want more from me for a small refrigerator.

Thank you so much.
Each individual refrigerator costs about $100 per year in electricity. Why should the taxpayers foot that bill for each teacher. Why don't several of you go together to pay the fee and share a fridge? This certainly does not sound like a way for the district to stick it to the teachers but a sensible way to save taxpayer dollars. DPISD provides a great work environment and there are many lines up willing to take your job if you are so unhappy with the advantages working in DP provide.
same old, same old

Deer Park, TX

#3 Jun 8, 2013
New Teacher wrote:
Again the school district stabs us in the back. It was no pay raises for two years while they built an elevator, installed flat screen televisions and built the Adair Luxury Box at the stadium and now this.

Today we were told that if we wanted a cube refrigerator in our classrooms next year we were to pay a $50 permit fee.

Don Dean instituted this, and he visited Pasadena ISD to find out their policy. It is $35, so on his drive back to the administration building he found it in his heart to raise the bar $15.

I spend about $1500 of my money every year on my kids and they want more from me for a small refrigerator.

Thank you so much.
Each individual refrigerator costs about $100 per year in electricity. Why should the taxpayers foot that bill for each teacher? Why don't several of you go together to pay the fee and share a fridge? This certainly does not sound like a way for the district to stick it to the teachers but a sensible way to save taxpayer dollars. DPISD provides a great work environment and there are many lines up willing to take your job if you are so unhappy with the advantages working in DP provide.
New Teacher

Pasadena, TX

#4 Jun 8, 2013
Where do you research the facts to come up with the $100 number? The cost stated on the refrigerator is $24.
same old, same old

Deer Park, TX

#5 Jun 8, 2013
New Teacher wrote:
Where do you research the facts to come up with the $100 number? The cost stated on the refrigerator is $24.
http://news.consumerreports.org/home/2013/03/...

Take a look at this article. Also, do you truly think all of the refrigerators in classrooms are the new and energy efficient models?
Voter

Pasadena, TX

#6 Jun 8, 2013
All the Deer Park teachers supported the tax increases. I hope you are all happy and get nothing. How could you support increased taxes when you know their spending habits? No sympathy here!!
Theo

Deer Park, TX

#7 Jun 8, 2013
Don't be fooled. The District has money to burn.
Henry

Houston, TX

#8 Jun 10, 2013
What is the proposed tax rate for this year's budget? I looked at the documents about Monday's public hearing for next year's budget and couldn't find any information. How can you have a public hearing if the tax rate is a secret?

“Perplexed”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#9 Jun 11, 2013
Interesting. I don't recall refrigerator's in any of my classrooms when attending DPISD grades K-12. When did they start doing that? Just wondering. If it is now standard, why don't they use some of the bond money?
Do Ya Homework

Deer Park, TX

#10 Jun 11, 2013
There are quite a few teachers who have those small desktop type dorm fridges to keep a cold drink or their lunch in.

However, it is absolute silliness to complain about the fee. The district provides a lounge with a full size free fridge that anyone can use.
same old, same old

Euless, TX

#11 Jun 11, 2013
sdjs wrote:
Interesting. I don't recall refrigerator's in any of my classrooms when attending DPISD grades K-12. When did they start doing that? Just wondering. If it is now standard, why don't they use some of the bond money?
As someone who has taught in DPISD for many years, individual refrigerators AND microwaves have been common in about 50-65(ish)% of classrooms for a long time. I was in one school where the teacher plugged her microwave into the outlet designated for technology and caused a small fire. Fire department had to come and everything. Crazy and unnecessary.
Pinche Gringo

Baytown, TX

#12 Jun 11, 2013
[QUOTE who="same old, same old"]<quoted text>As someone who has taught in DPISD for many years, individual refrigerators AND microwaves have been common in about 50-65(ish)% of classrooms for a long time. I was in one school where the teacher plugged her microwave into the outlet designated for technology and caused a small fire. Fire department had to come and everything. Crazy and unnecessary.[/QUOTE]
So you'll stab the teachers in the back, too! In their time of refrigeratorial need no less. Refrigeratorial probably isn't a word.
same old, same old

Deer Park, TX

#13 Jun 11, 2013
Pinche Gringo wrote:
[QUOTE who="same old, same old"]<quoted text>As someone who has taught in DPISD for many years, individual refrigerators AND microwaves have been common in about 50-65(ish)% of classrooms for a long time. I was in one school where the teacher plugged her microwave into the outlet designated for technology and caused a small fire. Fire department had to come and everything. Crazy and unnecessary."

So you'll stab the teachers in the back, too! In their time of refrigeratorial need no less. Refrigeratorial probably isn't a word.
No need to stab anyone in the back. The decision had nothing to do with me. I simply do not disagree with the new rule.
carnac

Pasadena, TX

#14 Jun 12, 2013
sdjs wrote:
Interesting. I don't recall refrigerator's in any of my classrooms when attending DPISD grades K-12. When did they start doing that? Just wondering. If it is now standard, why don't they use some of the bond money?
I do not think bond money could be used for this it maybe considered operations.

Things have changed for teachers today. The dreaded test judges not only students but in some districts the teacher's abilities. In some cases this is truly not fair, when a student walks into the room and does not even know how to read but continually gets promoted.

Many caring teachers will use their off period to grade papers or prepare for the up and coming lessons in their rooms. If you do
have a student with parents that care they may set up a conference to discuss their child's progress.

With recent cut backs for all districts across the state, some teachers must actually teach a class during their off periods and even take work home with them.

Many of the innovative and caring teachers who desires success for their students will spend their own money to supply the classroom to teach their daily lessons. Yes, they do receive a small tax deduction but hardly enough to cover this expense.

With the quest of title one funds, I have seen teacher's and or nurses supply some of DPISD's students with shoes and coats because either the parents do not care or lack the funds to purchase. Once again, the teacher can turn the check but some do not and will use their own funds to provide.

It takes a very special person to become a teacher with todays troubles which is more complex than when we attended school. The demands by local, state and even federal government would discourage most to take up the profession.

The 50.00 fee I feel is a slap in the face for the teachers when so much more is required from them.

Proud

Deer Park, TX

#15 Jun 12, 2013
My wife, daughter, and several family members are teachers. My wife gets less than 30 minutes for lunch and often has to deal with kids during her lunch period. He "conference" period is usually taken with meetings, tutoring, etc.
The teacher's lounge is practically across the building from her classroom and placing a drink in the fridge there does not guarantee it will still be there when she goes back for it.
It is sad that our teachers have to do with less and less each day while the administrators do with more and more.
Andrea

Houston, TX

#16 Jun 12, 2013
New Teacher wrote:
Again the school district stabs us in the back. It was no pay raises for two years while they built an elevator, installed flat screen televisions and built the Adair Luxury Box at the stadium and now this.
Today we were told that if we wanted a cube refrigerator in our classrooms next year we were to pay a $50 permit fee.
Don Dean instituted this, and he visited Pasadena ISD to find out their policy. It is $35, so on his drive back to the administration building he found it in his heart to raise the bar $15.
I spend about $1500 of my money every year on my kids and they want more from me for a small refrigerator.
Thank you so much.
Wow! I wouldn't pay the fee, but that's just me. Good ol fashion lunch cooler with ice packs work great if you don't want to pay the fee.

“Perplexed”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#17 Jun 12, 2013
Andrea wrote:
<quoted text>Wow! I wouldn't pay the fee, but that's just me. Good ol fashion lunch cooler with ice packs work great if you don't want to pay the fee.
Good idea!

“Ok, maybe I know a little bit.”

Since: Sep 12

But I don't know that.

#18 Jun 12, 2013
I am sick of hearing teachers whine. Yes, they have a hard job. So do many other professions. They chose their career path just as I did mine. I routinely work 16 hour shifts with no access to a refrigerator, no lounge, extremely hot or cold situations, without drinkable water available, sometimes with no microwave, and often in filthy areas without clean facilities. I carry an insulated lunch bag with my meals and drinks iced. I don't get summers off. At times I also spend my own dollars, but it is my choice, and I don't whine about it. If you can't afford it don't spend it. If a child's learning ability depends on the decor of a classroom something is terribly wrong. When I went to school teachers didn't have refrigerators, and our classroom decor was sparse. We had a set of cardboard alphabet letters above the chalkboard and a bulletin board. Grow up people.
Pinche Gringo

Baytown, TX

#19 Jun 12, 2013
Me I Know Notheeng wrote:
I am sick of hearing teachers whine. Yes, they have a hard job. So do many other professions. They chose their career path just as I did mine. I routinely work 16 hour shifts with no access to a refrigerator, no lounge, extremely hot or cold situations, without drinkable water available, sometimes with no microwave, and often in filthy areas without clean facilities. I carry an insulated lunch bag with my meals and drinks iced. I don't get summers off. At times I also spend my own dollars, but it is my choice, and I don't whine about it. If you can't afford it don't spend it. If a child's learning ability depends on the decor of a classroom something is terribly wrong. When I went to school teachers didn't have refrigerators, and our classroom decor was sparse. We had a set of cardboard alphabet letters above the chalkboard and a bulletin board. Grow up people.
Whyyyyyyyyy do you hate the children so!?!

But honestly, I'm 33 and when I was in school teachers didn't have mini-fridges, and some how they survived and we graduated. You people have gotten it in your heads that these luxuries are a necessity when the rest of the workforce deals with a hell of a lot more with fewer accommodations. If the fridges were used for school purposes like keeping night crawlers alive or storing education related supplies that need to be refrigerated, I could get on board. But you want to keep your Coke Zero and Greek yogurt chilly, get a lunch box and an ice pack like the rest of us and stop bitching.

“Ok, maybe I know a little bit.”

Since: Sep 12

But I don't know that.

#20 Jun 13, 2013
Pinche Gringo wrote:
<quoted text>
Whyyyyyyyyy do you hate the children so!?!
But honestly, I'm 33 and when I was in school teachers didn't have mini-fridges, and some how they survived and we graduated. You people have gotten it in your heads that these luxuries are a necessity when the rest of the workforce deals with a hell of a lot more with fewer accommodations. If the fridges were used for school purposes like keeping night crawlers alive or storing education related supplies that need to be refrigerated, I could get on board. But you want to keep your Coke Zero and Greek yogurt chilly, get a lunch box and an ice pack like the rest of us and stop bitching.
I adore children! I just don't think we should send them a message that they can't learn without elaborately decorated classrooms. I also don't think teachers need to use the excuse that their job is so hard that they need x, x, and y before they can do a good job or be happy. You can teach or you can't. By the way, we did have an awesome science teacher (the only teacher I ever had that had a freezer) that he stored dead snakes, small mammals, etc. in. It was pretty awesome.

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