Assistant superintendent: Really nee...

Assistant superintendent: Really needed?!

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Trojanesque

United States

#1 Nov 6, 2011
Is the Sparta School District made of money? They continue to hire more and more "upper level" positions during a very money-conscience time for most districts. What's up with that? The new school was a big plus for the district, yet furnishing it and keeping up with new materials/technology must be digging into deep pockets. And now...an assistant superintendent? Really? I think it's time to question the intelligence of the school board & administrators to so freely spend the taxpayers money in a time when most families are struggling to make ends meet! Instead of worrying so much about our city council, I think we need to be discussing the amount of money being tossed so casually to the top echelon of the school.
Richard Gere

United States

#2 Nov 6, 2011
Needed? Probably not! Wonder what the starting salary is.
hmmm

Ozark, MO

#3 Nov 8, 2011
I think most schools do have an assistant superintendent. Sometimes a principal can be appointed for this position and just increase their salary somewhat but not entirely create a new position. I would think this would be a part-time position at best. Otherwise, what is the superintendent and his secretary(s) doing all day???
Sparta is not a huge school we all know. Just a thought. I don't live there though and my kids are long since out of the schooling age.
What is going on

Branson, MO

#4 Nov 8, 2011
Does anybody know for sure they have hired and assistant and who it is if they did? I can't imagine Sparta needing and assistant unless it is to train someone to take Dr. Hyatt's place which might not be a bad idea.
tax payer

Fordland, MO

#5 Nov 8, 2011
At this school that does not offer a single foreign language class it's interesting that the superintendent gets to blow money on a personal assistant.Time to run some better people for the schoolboard.
hmmm

Ozark, MO

#6 Nov 8, 2011
tax payer wrote:
At this school that does not offer a single foreign language class it's interesting that the superintendent gets to blow money on a personal assistant.Time to run some better people for the schoolboard.
I thought one foreign language was required to graduate? It's required in most high schools AND colleges now - if not ALL.
I believe public schools should get our kids ready for college instead of assuming none are going to college. Some schools just do the bare minimum - that's sad for the kids - they deserve better than that.
Spectator

Sikeston, MO

#7 Nov 8, 2011
Too often schools don't do what's best for the STUDENTS, but rather what's best for the administration. Let's rethink the assumption that an asst superintendent is needed. Sparta, though growing, does NOT need this! More teachers will have to be hired in order to fit the schedule with three buildings in our district. Teachers are over-worked & underpaid now! I've heard they're not getting raises, but administrators are getting big ones. And they keep hiring more & more?!
What is going on

Branson, MO

#8 Nov 8, 2011
Before we start complaining about the school and it's board lets find out for sure and asst. supt. has been hired and who. Troganesque since you started this forum you need to supply much more information as to the statement they have hired an asst. to the superintendent and who that person is. I have seen things posted here that was totally false. As you can see in my earlier post I in no way think we need and asst. superintendent and will be very disappointed in our board of education if this is true.
From moteachingjobs

Sikeston, MO

#9 Nov 8, 2011
Ľ Sparta R-III |'Curriculum and Instruction Director'|'Assistant Superintendent'--(revised 10/26/2011)
The Sparta R-III School District is accepting applications for an instructional leader in charge of curriculum and instruction for the 2012-13 school year. This position will be accountable for all aspects of PK-12 curriculum and instruction. This position will be responsible for MSIP, MOSIS, ePeGs, CSIP, and Title Programs. The official position title will be determined by the successful applicant├�┬ó├»┬┐┬Ż ├»s administrative experience and level of certification. This will be an 11 month contract. Salary will be determined by applicant's level of experience and certification. Specialist degree and superintendent certificate preferred.
tax payer

Fordland, MO

#10 Nov 8, 2011
Are you sure that doesn't mean they're just looking to replace Mr Hyatt?As to the foreign language,this information came straight from a high school student who would like to get a college-appropriate education.
Sparta Voter

Norwood, MO

#11 Nov 9, 2011
Spectator wrote:
Too often schools don't do what's best for the STUDENTS, but rather what's best for the administration. Let's rethink the assumption that an asst superintendent is needed. Sparta, though growing, does NOT need this! More teachers will have to be hired in order to fit the schedule with three buildings in our district. Teachers are over-worked & underpaid now! I've heard they're not getting raises, but administrators are getting big ones. And they keep hiring more & more?!
Some of the hardest working people at that school only make 7.50 an hour. Use to be an 8 hour a day job. This year they work the same hours but only get paid for 7 and a half hours. So they screwed the hardest working people and the lowest paid people out of money. And they stopped getting a xmas bounes 2 years ago. Not even a dinner anymore.
Spectator

Sikeston, MO

#12 Nov 9, 2011
Sparta Voter wrote:
<quoted text> Some of the hardest working people at that school only make 7.50 an hour. Use to be an 8 hour a day job. This year they work the same hours but only get paid for 7 and a half hours. So they screwed the hardest working people and the lowest paid people out of money. And they stopped getting a xmas bounes 2 years ago. Not even a dinner anymore.
This doesn't sound fair at all. No raise, more hours, less benefits. Probably will get worse if they keep hiring at the top end - assistant superintendent or curriculum person (whatever it's named). I've also heard they've hired some consultants - BIG BUCKS there! If Sparta ever loses their school due to financial woes, the town will probably die. Let's hope they're running the school with checks and balances better than it appears the town has been run according to the forums here.
Again, the stress should be on the students - preparing them for college, for life, for jobs - and not on how many people they can put into big-wig positions to appear to keep up with Nixa or Ozark. Let's put the pay into the worker bees at the school, not into pockets of extra eye candy people!
labor law

West Plains, MO

#13 Nov 10, 2011
Sparta voter brought something to light that was being attempted in another Christian County school district .I know because my hardworking friend works there and has for years.We're talking about the cafeteria workers.Apparently at least Sparta and Nixa district cut half an hour,(1hour in some positions)have more kids in the Nixa case, and were told they had to do more work in less time for starvation wages ,off course.However ,Nixa knows the labor laws and told the ladies they could not work off the clock and had to leave at 1.30 no matter what.This lasted 1 day and the ladies got their hours back.This has got to stop immediately before Sparta gets turned in to the Department of labor.Check your tax bill,most of our money goes to Sparta school.I want the workers to be paid,not the money go to the state for fines.And no assistant and no consultants,pay the lunch ladies and quit breaking the law.,
Spectator

Sikeston, MO

#15 Nov 10, 2011
As Sparta tries to serve students (bus needs, tech set-up, meals) at 3 buildings rather than their normal 2, this will become an even bigger issue with MANY staff members - cafeteria, bus drivers, tech help, maintenance staff, teachers, aides, etc.- being spread too thin and paid too little with even higher expectations. Come on people, contact your board members and DEMAND that this silly issue of hiring an asst to the superintendent be nixed until the current employees are being given their fair share of the taxpayers' pot. We don't need 1% being paid the big bucks to tell the 99% how hard & long to work for less pay! Perhaps the school needs a committee with community members, bus drivers, aides, kitchen help, teachers, etc. to come together to discuss working conditions, hours, pay, needs being met (especially for the students!) and make sure it's a fair & equitable division of labor & pay!
Concerned

United States

#16 Nov 10, 2011
When are school board meetings? Should this be brought up then?
res

United States

#17 Nov 10, 2011
Unfortunately I believe the state requires that you have an administrator who is solely over the curriculum which I believe is what this is. I could be mistaken though. This is why the school systems are going broke, too many regulations. I believe the national average is now 2 administrators per teacher. Remember when we had tons of teachers and one principal and it was just fine?
labor law

West Plains, MO

#18 Nov 11, 2011
Sounds like bulhockey to me,they haven't had one so far.They have to follow the labor law with their hardest working people.Quit making excuses for the administration and their excesses,we're not buying it.
Trojanesque

United States

#19 Nov 11, 2011
I think that smaller schools, in these tough economic times, would go broke having that many administrators. I don't think I believe post #17 without proof. As #18 says, sounds like bulhockey to me. But YES - I do remember smarter times & a better school with good teachers and Mr.Dye.
Trojanesque

United States

#20 Nov 11, 2011
Just remember, bigger does not always mean better.
Just Wondering

Norwood, MO

#21 Nov 12, 2011
How many short cut have been made to the new school in order to pay for more administration.

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