Sunday, March 29, 2015
Do we need so much school bureaucracy?
Ron Kopko had this letter published in the March 29 Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. The Rock Island County school districts want to raise taxes again. Let's take a look at what it costs Rock Island County taxpayers to support the school's bureaucracy and administration. ..... First, we supposedly need ten superintendents at a yearly total compensation of $171,000 or $1,710,000 total. Then we need 45 principals at an average yearly total of $127,800 or $5,751,000 total. These are helped out by 12 assistant principals who make an average yearly compensation of $118,500 or $1,422,000 total. (Editor's note: these figures are for salaries ONLY, health insurance, pension and other benefits add to the total cost.) ..... We also have deans of students, assistant superintendents, chief financial officers, coordinators, counselors and general administrators. Most of these positions have yearly compensation of over $100,000 a year. ..... So we are probably spending over $10 million a year on our school system before we actually get to the "foot soldiers", or teachers, who actually have the responsibility of teaching our children. All of this money spent in the Rock Island County public school system, which only has an enrollment of about 22,000 children. ..... By the way, we pay the Illinois governor a yearly salary of $177,000 to govern and run the state of Illinois with a population of about 13 million. Granted, the governor has a lot of help, but the school bureaucracy has a lot of help too. Also, the governor is on call 365 days a year. No summer vacation or spring breaks. ...... When the school system talks about making cuts in its budget, it is usually at the bottom of the totem pole. The cuts should be at the top of the totem pole where the big money is. I think other people may be asking, do we need all this bureaucracy in our school system?