VIDEO - Are teachers treated fairly?

Does Assistant Superintendent Mike Gordon have it too easy? That was the question brought up at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Scott Ford, a recently retired teacher and former president of the teacher's union, spoke during the public participation segment:
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Jul 25, 2010

 

Does Assistant Superintendent Mike Gordon have it too easy?

That was the question brought up at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Scott Ford, a recently retired teacher and former president of the teacher's union, spoke during the public participation segment:

"The administration and the board failed to let Mr. Gordon know at his hiring that he would need to take classes regardless of whether state law required it or not," Ford said. "This would have brought his hiring into line with district hiring expectations of teachers."

Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said Gordon has a valid license and is in compliance with state law. Gordon was first hired under a temporary superintendent's certification, which primarily rested on his prior qualifications. Gordon holds permanent high school principal, permanent elementary principal and permanent superviser certifications.

Last year, that certificate became the alternative administrator's license, which requires 135 contact hours of professional development to renew. Gordon's license will expire in June of 2008, and Babcanec said Gordon is about half-way through his required hours.

"There could have been inequity previously," Babcanec admitted. "There is not now."

Ford said that the issue is the last six years in which the assistant superintendent was not held to the same standard as the teachers he manages. Whatever state law required, Ford said, Gordon should "lead by example."

Ford said his statements had nothing to do with the upcoming negotiations between the teacher's union and the administration. The only suggestion current union president Matt Lark made was adding a mention of the fact that teachers are required to pay for their classes and are given less financial resources to do so.

"I'm a free spirit," Ford said, "a cannon on the deck."

In other news:

The board unanimously agreed to seek bids to replace the windows at the school district offices on Benedict Avenue. Board member John Lendrum suggested that they should consider whether the building is likely to be replaced in the next ten years before they make any final decisions to spend the $250,000 to replace the windows.

Treasurer Kenn France reported the school's budget for fiscal year 2008 is the largest he's ever seen at more than $42 million.

France also reported that the school's five-year forecast is now better than it looked a year ago. The improvement is due to an increase of about $1 million in state funding.

The board discussed removing a line from the district's policy prohibiting school officials from taking leadership roles in booster organizations. The change is brought on by the boosters' organization's plan to incorporate.

Babcanec reported that enrollment is near its 1970 high, which was about 3,100 students.

Comments

Gordon needs to...

Thank goodness for people like Scott Ford. Speaking from experience, and by this I mean a former teacher of Norwalk City Schools, Mike Gordon needs to go. Never has there been an administrator and former principal so in need of firing. Gordon has nothing positive to bring to NCS. More worried about making teachers cry and avoid the BOE, and my favorite, plotting revenge behind a fancy desk, Gordon does not have the most important thing in mind: the students. Gordon would rather save face and hire in his buddies and family friends then worry about what is in the best interest of the students of Norwalk. The Good Ol’ Boys club covers for each other once again and left in the dust are the students and caring teachers employed by NCS. If we are to worry about what our students are learning and taking with them each day, then get an administration with the right agenda, with the students in mind, and with an eye for what matters most in education today. Get rid of Gordon!

Max (Anonymous)

Kudos to Mr. Ford. It takes a real man to do what he did and there are not many that would stand up for what is right. It is sad that these kind of things happen and certain rules are only applied when it is convenient. I don't think Mr. Ford was implying that Mr. Gordon needs to be fired, I just think he wanted to bring to light the fact that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Another case showing how the ''little man'' is the anvil. Teachers should not have to pay for a requirement of their employer. They already are overworked and underpaid.

Great Video (An...

What does Gordon do to deserve a salary of $98,800.00?
What are the salaries of the rest of the administration?

not one of the ...

Watch out Wayne and Mike. Scott is coming after you! You should be afraid, very afraid. It might be time to retire. It might also be nice if you take Bob with you!

Why?? (Anonymous)

Can someone tell me WHY Scott Ford is after Wayne and Mike? He could've applied for either position - but I don't think he did.