Assistant Principal Named

Full story: Hartford Courant

He will begin the job Aug. 18. Stevens, who graduated from Tolland High School in 1993, is currently a physical education teacher at the Center School in Willington.
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wilbur

Lebanon, CT

#1 Jul 22, 2008
instead of appointing an assistant principle the town should have eliminated the position. think about how many text books could have been purchased instead. how many children will be hurt with this poor decision?
Earl

Rocky Hill, CT

#2 Jul 22, 2008
wilbur wrote:
instead of appointing an assistant principle the town should have eliminated the position. think about how many text books could have been purchased instead. how many children will be hurt with this poor decision?
Ah yes, good thing we have education-spending professionals like you to consult with, Mr. "principle."
Stan

Stevenson, CT

#3 Jul 22, 2008
I heard the BOE voted to cancel all their summer meetings and gave their authority to El Guzman. Page 5 is interesting.

http://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/boe/agendas/2008...

"But we've always done it this way!!!!"
TollandTogether

Middletown, CT

#5 Jul 23, 2008
This is not a new position, it is an asst. principal shared by two schools that each have around 750 students. It was vacant because the person who had it became the principal at Parker (now the Intermediate School). Is it possible that we need both books AND staff to teach students?

Since: Jul 08

Portland

#6 Jul 23, 2008
how does a gym teacher make the jump to assistant principal?
Larry Andy and Bob Watch

Stevenson, CT

#7 Jul 23, 2008
TollandTogether wrote:
Is it possible that we need both books AND staff to teach students?
Since when does an asst principal teach ANYTHING? Their role is to act as overpaid security guards and hall monitors. They teach NOTHING. Gooz could have hired a half dozen full-time rent-a-cops with no bennies for the same amount. I'm sure this was a nationwide search and the successful candidate had no connections whatsoever.......
That said I'm sure he's a fine lad and I wish him well personally. The fact that Gooz chooses to spend ~$125K per year on a position of negligible value only serves to demonstrate that the public schools are run by and for the club members of the government union class and the kids just don't enter into the equation.
Visit Tolland Today

Waterbury, CT

#8 Jul 23, 2008
Chris1982 wrote:
how does a gym teacher make the jump to assistant principal?
Through personal growth, additional training, and the determination to expand his abilities. sounds like the American way to me.
Right on

Rocky Hill, CT

#9 Jul 24, 2008
Visit Tolland Today wrote:
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Through personal growth, additional training, and the determination to expand his abilities. sounds like the American way to me.
Exactly. Well put.
Roy

Framingham, MA

#11 Jul 24, 2008
wilbur wrote:
instead of appointing an assistant principle the town should have eliminated the position. think about how many text books could have been purchased instead. how many children will be hurt with this poor decision?
Wilbur,
The students of Tolland will be better served. This position allows the teachers to teach more. We have one of the lowest per student spending rates, and one of the lowest admin to teacher rates in the state. We are already a "thin" organization. There is no way that the students will be hurt. They are hurt when the TTC blindly demands tax cuts. Even when confronted with the fact of rising costs. TTC wants no tax. Totally irresponsible. Totally reprehensible. Totally Tax Crazy
Roy

Framingham, MA

#12 Jul 24, 2008
Hmmmmm wrote:
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And just HOW MUCH experience does he have as an asst principal. He may be able to control basketballs, but what does he really know about running an entire school.
It would appear that he has enough to get the job. Or at least he has shown the aptitude to learn quickly so that he can run the school.
John

Hartford, CT

#13 Jul 24, 2008
Guz got him on the cheap. A brilliant decision by a brilliant super. More money has been freed up for the children.
Teacher

United States

#14 Jul 24, 2008
Roy wrote:
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Wilbur,
The students of Tolland will be better served. This position allows the teachers to teach more. We have one of the lowest per student spending rates, and one of the lowest admin to teacher rates in the state. We are already a "thin" organization. There is no way that the students will be hurt. They are hurt when the TTC blindly demands tax cuts. Even when confronted with the fact of rising costs. TTC wants no tax. Totally irresponsible. Totally reprehensible. Totally Tax Crazy
We already pay the highest taxes in the world Roy, where does it end? Only someone who benefits from the current set up supports it? So where do you teach?
Happy Camper

Claremont, NH

#15 Jul 24, 2008
Roy wrote:
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Wilbur,
The students of Tolland will be better served. This position allows the teachers to teach more. We have one of the lowest per student spending rates, and one of the lowest admin to teacher rates in the state. We are already a "thin" organization. There is no way that the students will be hurt. They are hurt when the TTC blindly demands tax cuts. Even when confronted with the fact of rising costs. TTC wants no tax. Totally irresponsible. Totally reprehensible. Totally Tax Crazy
What does TTC mean? Tolland Town Council? Didn't you mean TTA? Tolland Taypayers Association. Isn't the issue, the size of the tax increase?
Logic

Bristol, CT

#16 Jul 24, 2008
John wrote:
Guz got him on the cheap. A brilliant decision by a brilliant super. More money has been freed up for the children.
Then let's hire a hundred more and free up 100X the money! That makes great sense! We'll lose a little money on each hire, and make it up in volume!
Walt

Ansonia, CT

#17 Jul 24, 2008
Logic wrote:
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Then let's hire a hundred more and free up 100X the money! That makes great sense! We'll lose a little money on each hire, and make it up in volume!
Sounds good to me. Lets do more to drive out the overpaid teachers and administrators and make more room for less paid higher quality/educated young teachers and administrators. It's the American way. At least the fine children of our great town will realize some benefit.
Roy

North Branford, CT

#18 Jul 25, 2008
Teacher wrote:
<quoted text> We already pay the highest taxes in the world Roy, where does it end? Only someone who benefits from the current set up supports it? So where do you teach?
Not true teacher. We do not pay the highest taxes in the world. Europe has us beat, hands down. And, we all benefit from education. better students mean better jobs, better jobs mean better wages, better wages mean a better standard of living. Clearly, it is not a perfect system, but it beats the alternative
Roy lite

North Branford, CT

#19 Jul 25, 2008
Happy Camper wrote:
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What does TTC mean? Tolland Town Council? Didn't you mean TTA? Tolland Taypayers Association. Isn't the issue, the size of the tax increase?
I believe Roy, the other Roy, got a typo. He was "from" MA, so what does he know.. TTC, TTA both did not support the orginal budget request.
Independent Voter

Ellington, CT

#20 Jul 25, 2008
Roy wrote:
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Not true teacher. We do not pay the highest taxes in the world. Europe has us beat, hands down. And, we all benefit from education. better students mean better jobs, better jobs mean better wages, better wages mean a better standard of living. Clearly, it is not a perfect system, but it beats the alternative
Roy,
You are right on. Usually we get what we pay for. For those who want lower taxes and see our spending as mostly wate and mismanagement you should look into moving to Mississippi or Alabama. You won't have to pay nearly as high taxes and your kids can reap the benefits of their schools. There is a very strong correlation between the standard of living and the amount communities and states are willing to invest in their communities. As much as I hate this fact, you typically get what you pay for.
Right on

Rocky Hill, CT

#21 Jul 25, 2008
Walt wrote:
<quoted text>Lets...make more room for less paid higher quality/educated young teachers and administrators.
Less paid, higher quality. That's how I like my beer. What universe do you think we'll find those people in?
Citizen

Meriden, CT

#22 Jul 29, 2008
The fact of the matter is that the Asst Principals do spend much of their time disciplining students. To pay these individuals anywhere from 95k to 120k seems stupid, when qualified persons could do it for far less salary, and we could eliminate one Asst Prin. Oh well!

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