Douglas BOE second highest paid in state

Douglas BOE second highest paid in state

There are 76 comments on the Douglas County Sentinel story from May 5, 2013, titled Douglas BOE second highest paid in state. In it, Douglas County Sentinel reports that:

Local school system employees are facing furlough days, class sizes are getting larger and property taxes are expected to increase this year.

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ChicknButt

Douglasville, GA

#21 May 12, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
THE BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD NOT BE MAKING THIS AMOUNT !!!!!
Teachers are having furlough days!!!!!
While the board does nothing but sit on their butts collecting money
Shame on all of you!!!!!!!
JEFF, JANET,SAM AND THE OTHERS TAKE IT ON YOUR SELF AND FIX IT PROBLEM!!
AND WHY DOES JEFF NOT WORK FOR PROBATION ANT MORE?????? Fired, Quit, retired ???
Good Lord!

You people just get all kinds of crazy and stupid once Jerry Springer is over. Spring is here - maybe you should take up gardening to keep yourself occupied.
I KNOW

Douglasville, GA

#22 May 12, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
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Good Lord!
You people just get all kinds of crazy and stupid once Jerry Springer is over. Spring is here - maybe you should take up gardening to keep yourself occupied.
Ok thanks for you answer jack ass you must be a board member making all that money doing nothing !!!
ChicknButt

Douglasville, GA

#23 May 12, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
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Ok thanks for you answer jack ass you must be a board member making all that money doing nothing !!!
/checks watch

Yep - right on time. Celebrity Apprentice is over.
just sayin

Douglasville, GA

#24 May 12, 2013
Just saw the article in the Sentinel today-plus a pretty compelling editorial requesting that the board take it upon themselves to cut their own salary. According to the Sentinel, Bibb county is closest to Douglas in size, and their BOE makes an average salary of $7,200 a year.
I Know Too

Douglasville, GA

#25 May 12, 2013
Wonder what the supers pay is and if he has gotten raises these last few years while the teachers have been furloughed? Never did move to Douglas County despite signing a contract to do so. Seems everyone at the top is doing OK.
teachyourkids

Douglasville, GA

#26 May 13, 2013
I Know Too wrote:
Wonder what the supers pay is and if he has gotten raises these last few years while the teachers have been furloughed? Never did move to Douglas County despite signing a contract to do so. Seems everyone at the top is doing OK.
In 2012 Dr. Pritz made $198,000(+), in 2011, he made 196,000(+). Before you jump him...in 2010, former superintendent Don Remillard made $297,000(+), 2009 "Remi" made $236,000(+) and in 2008 he made $211,000(+). He padded his retirement quite well for what little he actually did.

Source: open.georgia.gov
Well there is that

Douglasville, GA

#27 May 13, 2013
Thanks for the info, teachyourkids. I just had an ENLIGHTENING hour looking up the salaries of different folks in the county. Your point about Dr. Pritz is correct: he did indeed promise to move to DC. A number of our upper-level county employees-high school principals included-have shown their lack of commitment to our county by choosing to live somewhere else. Back to the original thread: What can we-concerned teachers and parents-do to motivate the school board to do the right thing? Who sets their salaries? How can they be adjusted? Does anyone know this procedure?
interesting

Norcross, GA

#28 May 15, 2013
Public Servant wrote:
Wouldn't it be admirable if our board members were willing to donate their time as public servants and give the money back to the public education system to be used to support teaching materials or something else needed that has been cut? So many professionals serve on boards, and many are uncompensated and actually RAISE money for the organization they help govern. Why is public education any different?

I'd like to challenge the district board members to set an example across the state by giving their board payments back in the form of a donation going forward. The respect they would earn from the teachers and staff and the community at large would be immense. And imagine how much money would be recouped for public education if ALL public school boards did this!
Wouldn't it be nice if Topix would quit confusing city of Douglas with Douglas County?
I Know Too

Douglasville, GA

#29 May 16, 2013
teachyourkids wrote:
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In 2012 Dr. Pritz made $198,000(+), in 2011, he made 196,000(+). Before you jump him...in 2010, former superintendent Don Remillard made $297,000(+), 2009 "Remi" made $236,000(+) and in 2008 he made $211,000(+). He padded his retirement quite well for what little he actually did.
Source: open.georgia.gov
You are correct about Remillard. The previous BOE actually made MORE than the current BOE. There are several important issues to consider. Why should the BOE, the Super, or anyone else get raises while teachers are being furloughed and class sizes raised? Please check on the "new" Executive Director positions. These are nothing more than stealth raises. Also, notice the funds are available for the new building at DCHS and the new gyms at AHS and CHHS. You will be told that this money cannot be spent on anything other than capital projects. There are ways this money could have been used to offset general fund expenses that have directly affected teacher salaries and class sizes. There are many ways that substantial funds can be saved to help with teacher salaries and class sizes that are never considered. Unfortunately, the BOE does not even know what could be done as they only get what the Super and his folks tell them.
Teach

Marietta, GA

#30 May 16, 2013
Teachers wrote the CDAs, not coaches.. Our ALT didn't write, I know that for a fact.
teachyourkids

Douglasville, GA

#31 May 16, 2013
I Know Too wrote:
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You are correct about Remillard. The previous BOE actually made MORE than the current BOE. There are several important issues to consider. Why should the BOE, the Super, or anyone else get raises while teachers are being furloughed and class sizes raised? Please check on the "new" Executive Director positions. These are nothing more than stealth raises. Also, notice the funds are available for the new building at DCHS and the new gyms at AHS and CHHS. You will be told that this money cannot be spent on anything other than capital projects. There are ways this money could have been used to offset general fund expenses that have directly affected teacher salaries and class sizes. There are many ways that substantial funds can be saved to help with teacher salaries and class sizes that are never considered. Unfortunately, the BOE does not even know what could be done as they only get what the Super and his folks tell them.
The new directors are actually reductions in positions. They eliminated some assistant superintendent positions and similar positions and created the directors positions; at a lower pay grade. Yes the money for the new facilities DOES come from a specific area. If you are familiar with SPLOST guidelines, and similiar "pots of money"...the funds are earmarked for a specific focus and CANNOT be spent on other things. As a teacher I get frustated at the same thing, but when it is explained to us it makes it easier to take...not totally at ease, but easier.
I Know Too

Douglasville, GA

#32 May 16, 2013
teachyourkids wrote:
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The new directors are actually reductions in positions. They eliminated some assistant superintendent positions and similar positions and created the directors positions; at a lower pay grade. Yes the money for the new facilities DOES come from a specific area. If you are familiar with SPLOST guidelines, and similiar "pots of money"...the funds are earmarked for a specific focus and CANNOT be spent on other things. As a teacher I get frustated at the same thing, but when it is explained to us it makes it easier to take...not totally at ease, but easier.
The Executive Area Directors, the Executive Director of SPED, the Executive Directors of Technology and Personnel and Policy (5 total positions) were all Directors last year. Only the Executive Director of Student Support was previously an Associate Superintendent position. Interestingly, this was done to the only BLACK in such a position. The "pots of money" is true, but only so far. There are ways to use SPLOST funds for legitimate purposes that the system has chosen to use general funds for. General Funds can be used for Capital Projects, etc. that SPLOST funds are specified for. The opposite is not true. With proper planning and LEGAL applications, General Funds used for Capital Projects could be redirected to offset cuts to teacher pay or to lower class sizes. It can be done legally. The leaders either do not know how to do it, or simply choose not to. One final note. The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer were director positions not long ago. The leadership does what it wants for those it wants to favor. Teachers are not on that radar.
Citizen

Jefferson, GA

#33 May 17, 2013
Kelly just what are those changes you were talking about during your campaign? You have been a great disappointment ! Why was Morris fired from state job , is it something the district should be concerned with?
another citizen

Douglasville, GA

#34 May 17, 2013
1. The BOE is overpaid, but who can do something about that? Do they set their own pay? Even if we vote them out of office, their replacement will get the same salary? That is just plain wrong.
2. The Superintendent is in breach of contract and the board is doing nothing about it. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT COUNTY YOU LIVE IN. That is one reason we have all of these do-nothing principals -they are all cronies of Pritz and they don't care a thing about this county. They are all here to pad their salaries until retirement and then they intend to cut and run.
Citizen

United States

#35 May 28, 2013
Kelly is just a puppet for Pritz, all she is interested in is being in the limelight and has no desire to hold him to original contract requirements. Too bad this board won't step up to do what is best for our county and the students. The county continues to be losing many excellent personnel in order to facilitate the Cobb County connection of Pritz. Douglas county continues to be one of the few systems where the superintendent is not a resident of the district.
the whole picture

United States

#36 May 28, 2013
The boe includes all employees of a school system. Look at all the degrees and doctor titles within the system. Professionals not directly tied to a classroom is on the verge of being contracted out, that way no funding for such things as retirement and insurance. Go against the educaters about money and here comes sacs. I wish the grades of the educators was posted. Educators that made A and B on their college studies are smarted than the C grades that just get by, that should set the payscale and cull out the ones riding for the salary.
Stuperfly

Lithia Springs, GA

#37 May 28, 2013
another citizen wrote:
1. The BOE is overpaid, but who can do something about that? Do they set their own pay? Even if we vote them out of office, their replacement will get the same salary? That is just plain wrong.
2. The Superintendent is in breach of contract and the board is doing nothing about it. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT COUNTY YOU LIVE IN. That is one reason we have all of these do-nothing principals -they are all cronies of Pritz and they don't care a thing about this county. They are all here to pad their salaries until retirement and then they intend to cut and run.
1. The pay was set by the state legislature at the request of the board that was in office at the time. The current board can request the state legislature change their pay.
2. It isn't a breach of contract because the contract was changed, removing the residency requirement.
Stuperfly

Lithia Springs, GA

#38 May 28, 2013
the whole picture wrote:
The boe includes all employees of a school system. Look at all the degrees and doctor titles within the system. Professionals not directly tied to a classroom is on the verge of being contracted out, that way no funding for such things as retirement and insurance. Go against the educaters about money and here comes sacs. I wish the grades of the educators was posted. Educators that made A and B on their college studies are smarted than the C grades that just get by, that should set the payscale and cull out the ones riding for the salary.
BOE refers to the five elected members of that board, not the entire school system. The issue of pay, talking about them being the second highest in the state, refers specifically to those 5 people.
Get this

Douglasville, GA

#39 May 28, 2013
I know several paras in the county some elem level in kindergarten classes some in high school in special ed classes. Look at their pay and then think about that a month. I can assure you they are doing it either because they need the insurance or they really love the kids or both. Regardless these people work and spend a lot of time with your children and make less than 500.00 a month some even less.
Jeff

Douglasville, GA

#40 May 29, 2013
And your point? Do you want them to receive more money? Are you willing to pay more taxes?
Get this wrote:
I know several paras in the county some elem level in kindergarten classes some in high school in special ed classes. Look at their pay and then think about that a month. I can assure you they are doing it either because they need the insurance or they really love the kids or both. Regardless these people work and spend a lot of time with your children and make less than 500.00 a month some even less.

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