SBRSD policy drives away teachers

SBRSD policy drives away teachers

There are 9 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Sep 22, 2009, titled SBRSD policy drives away teachers. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

I am a teacher at Mt. Everett High School. I am on "step 6" in year 10. In general, a "step" is a number that recognizes the years of experience that a teacher has acquired.

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Lolo

Northampton, MA

#1 Sep 23, 2009
Go Jim! The school has lost many, many great teachers over the years.
Skeptical Onlooker

East Otis, MA

#2 Sep 23, 2009
Jim, have you seen the economy and local tax rates? Many people are happy just to have a job and many others would never have the audacity to whine about not getting a big enough raise. Honestly, I hope you were kidding. Your plea for more money and complaining fall on deaf ears with me. Maybe you can do better in CT?
Jane Wright

Clifton Park, NY

#3 Sep 23, 2009
I can understand the frustration that the teachers at SBRSD have. I also work at SBRSD and I am very thankful to have a job in this tough economy. I say bravo to those who can go elsewhere and get a better paying job. (But the grass is not always greener on the other side) I have worked in SBRSD for 25 yrs and have seen many teachers start and retire from this district. Many of us are like family. Sometimes it's important to be happy and get along with those we work with. Let's be patient and see what SBRSD is going to offer us during this difficult time of negotiation.
zoe1

Methuen, MA

#4 Sep 23, 2009
I don't know who in eastern mass you spoke to but in our town we have both step changes (based on years of teaching) and lane changes (based on degree earned).
HellerClimateRef ugee

Bethesda, MD

#5 Sep 24, 2009
SBRSD should be dissolved and each of the five towns should go its merry way schooling its own kids in schools within each respective town.
For what Monterey, for example, currently pays into SBRSD, that town could have the finest school system in Massachusetts with a few very highly paid teachers ministering to small classes of students attending school within a few minutes -- walking distance for most -- of the school.
And there would no longer be the issue of having to share local control with four other towns.
bobbysonofsilly

Albany, NY

#6 Sep 24, 2009
HellerClimateRefugee wrote:
SBRSD should be dissolved and each of the five towns should go its merry way schooling its own kids in schools within each respective town.
For what Monterey, for example, currently pays into SBRSD, that town could have the finest school system in Massachusetts with a few very highly paid teachers ministering to small classes of students attending school within a few minutes -- walking distance for most -- of the school.
And there would no longer be the issue of having to share local control with four other towns.
Its almost as if we are one and the same-- on this issue.
HellerClimateRef ugee

Bethesda, MD

#7 Sep 24, 2009
bobbysonofsilly wrote:
<quoted text> Its almost as if we are one and the same-- on this issue.
Great minds think alike.
Sage

Easthampton, MA

#8 Sep 25, 2009
Jim, you left out some information such as how much you are paid in both salary and benefits (such as insurance). Presumably, this would help you receive the sympathy you're asking for.

Apparently negotiations are ongoing, but you have no knowlege of these. Likely you will get a step increase, assuming you're entitled to one, once negotiations are completed and both parties know what such an increase is worth. Isn't this true?
Amanda Hugankiz

Cummington, MA

#9 Sep 25, 2009
You REALLY know how to Pi$$ a guy off there Jim. Whining about how poorly you're treated while you make more money than 80% of your neighbors, get extraordinary benefits that most people can only dream of (insurance, pension, TENURE!) and work only 8 months of the year! We don't need to hear you whine. If you can be paid more, or feel you are not being treated as you'd like, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! People do it all the time in the private sector...the real world to you. How's that for a dose of reality?

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