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News - June 25, 2010

Bigger class sizes, no teacher raises at MV Whisman

by Nick Veronin

Last week, Mountain View elementary and middle school officials approved next year's budget, which aims to make do with dwindling state funding and falling tax revenues by increasing class sizes, cutting funding to programs and scaling back staff.

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Posted by Just Teach, a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I work in High Tech.....I have not had a raise in at least 5 years...


TEACH....I have a kid who goes to the High School, and the teachers aren't exactly world leaders,student leaders,or anything to write home about by any stretch of the imagination...maybe a pay decrease is ine line?

Posted by MV citizen, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

one of the district's official strategic goals: "Attract and retain a diverse, talented and caring workforce."?
Totally wrong. Competency is the only criteria for a teacher.
Can out instructors teach a student how to solve a quadratic equation? Can our instructors teach our students to write a proper compositions, and in American English?
"Diversity" is pointless Political Correctness.
I also agree with Just Teach, quit whining.

Posted by le dude, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

You get what you pay for. It's no different here. By today's standard, most people who could actually recognize a quadratic equation or teach students to write a proper compositions English would be over quallifed to teach in Mountain View given the poor pay-"near the bottom of all 32 districts in Santa Clara County when it comes to teacher compensation." The above posters therefore are incredibly naive. Probably the same ones who agreed to a parcel tax for small class sizes and and other measures meant to have direct impact on classrooms which is now all of a sudden a mute point.

Posted by irony, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 25, 2010 at 12:27 am

le dude... would that be a moot point?

Posted by Big Al, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

How is it that neighboring areas can afford to pay their teachers more but MVWSD cannot? Quality teachers really do require higher wages if we expect to keep them.

Posted by Tea Partyer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Teachers are definitely not overpaid. There is money available for teachers' raises, but no one wants to admit it.

Between 2000 and 2010, teacher salaries in MVWSD increased roughly 10%. That doesn't even keep up with cost of living increases. During the same period, admin salaries increase more than 30%! Don't believe me? It's all public domain knowledge. Take a look:

-2000 beginning teacher $40,000

-2010 beginning teacher $45,000

-2000 most senior and educated teacher $72,000

-2010 most senior and educated teacher $82,000

-2000 Principal $95,000

-2010 Principal $113,000 plus up to $3,000 ($1,500 X 2) for MA and PHD = 116,000, plus discretionary bonus up to $2,000 + expense/mileage/cell phone allowance up to $3,000 per year ($250 PER MONTH) which could bring the grand total to $120,000!

-2000 Associate Superintendent $104,000 plus $1,000 for PHD = $105,000

-2010 Associate Superintendent 134,000 plus 3,000 for MA and PHD = $136,00, plus discretionary bonus up to $2,000 + expense/mileage/cell phone allowance up to $3,000 per year ($250 PER MONTH) which could bring the grand total to $141,000!

The superintendent you ask?

2000 around $100,000

2010 around $190,000 plus all the expense and bonus fillers which pushes the $200,000 mark.

BTW, all figures for administrators are rolled together into their top salary for retirement, to include expenses. The last two big wigs to retire back in 2005, even rolled in the cost of their health benefits raising their final salaries another approx. $15,000 (technically legal loop-hole, but ethically wrong)! So we the taxpayers will be paying their retirement into the sunset for the rest of their lives!

Posted by Really?, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

Tea Partyer, nice job of recycling old misinformation. (How many times have you posted this same erroneous entry?) Do you really expect people to believe that in 2000 the superintendent was making only $5000 more than principals and was making $5000 less than the associate superintendent? Of course, 2000 was pre-merger and neither district had an associate superintendent, so you might as well make up whatever facts you want. By the way, why didn't you include the cost of health benefits or point out that administrators work 26-37 more days per year than teachers, but teachers get the same health benefits? How much have health benefit costs gone up during that time, and who has paid for that increase? I guess that ignoring facts or making them up is better for your "analysis" and effort to scapegoat administrators.

Posted by Tea Partyer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

The information was taken right of the salary scales from 2000 and 2010. A FOIA request will get them for you Cost of health benefits applies to administrators as well, so your point is lost on that one. Explain the disproportionate raise in administration salaries, while teachers' salaries have stagnated. The district's jobs is to educate children, not pad administration salaries so they can get a plump retirement. It's people like you that have allowed the tax and spend mentality to take over. I guess the we are in the mess we are in for no reason at all. Next time, try addressing the salary spiking issue of the last two administrators who retired. Thankfully, it looks like that old trick will most likely be made illegal in the future according to the press.

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