Tremitiedi on the Board of Ed
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Comments on teacher lay-offs
I attended and made public comments at the recent Board of Education session regarding the possible layoff of 20 non-tenured teachers and up to 7 administrators. These creative, young, vibrant educators with the lowest salaries and least seniority are the first to go. The senior teachers and administrators who are at higher salary levels have ‘bumping rights’ and will replace the ones let go. It’s a ‘Catch-22’ situation in which the change may not be the best possible scenario to continue on with the improvement of our school system.
I made the suggestion that there should be a two to three year plan with consideration being given to a ‘severance package’ similar to the one currently offered to municipal employees. In brief, this means that the seasoned staff will have a positive incentive to retire and either not be replaced or be replaced by an educator at the lower salary level. Therefore, a reduction in operational costs will result. In this same issue of the Hoboken Reporter (different article), Mayor David Roberts stated: “We’ve gotten 50 employees to retire in an incentive program; we’re only going to replace those that we need.”
Additionally, it should be noted that non-educational positions and professional service contracts are included in the school district’s administrative costs. Relative to this, in my capacity as a consultant to Mayor Roberts, I recommended that such contracts and similar positions be scrutinized. It can follow that Superintendent Jack Raslowsky and the school board will also give these expenditures serious attention in their efforts to reduce the cost per pupil without expanding class size to an extent that will inhibit the academic progress of our students.