A belated "Bravo" to Brenda Ritzen, Co-Creator of the Eden Prairie Schools Parents Forum for this recent commentary in the EP News on Superintendent Melissa Krull's compensation.
From the piece:
Two weeks ago there was a commentary in the Eden Prairie News about City Manager Scott Neal’s compensation.
The argument was made that at a time when many of our citizens are freezing or decreasing wages, we should not be increasing compensation for our public employees, especially considering some of the perks included in Mr. Neal’s contract.
The same argument could be made regarding the Eden Prairie School Superintendent, Dr. Melissa Krull.
Dr. Krull could potentially receive on average approximately $225,000 per year.
I sure hope some of these active parents will field a school board candidate- goodness knows there's discontent with Jim Mortenson- one of the Board Members up for re-election this fall. The guy who made the proposal to move public comments from the beginning of school board meetings to the end...a true proponent for open government I'd say!
I support a major consolidation of state education resources by drastically cutting administrative costs by consolidating school districts while mantaning more active, powerful local school boards. If Krull alone is taking in that much money in one Minnesota school district then think about how much money we spend on administration when Minnesota has:
"339 independent school districts, three intermediate districts, five integration districts, 17 education districts, four tribal schools, 20 cooperative districts, 9 telecommunications districts, and 136 charter schools."
But- hey- that's just me. With the Teacher's Union promoting the continued lie that more funding = lower class sizes vs. more bureaucracy- I doubt many would buy into such a radical change to the way we fund School Districts.
I continue to be amazed by the fact that public-sector employees continue to receive raises year after year in spite of a bad economy. Obviously this isn't true for everybody. I know a longtime hourly employee for the City of Eden Prairie who informed me last week that their department head is telling all employees that there is a salary freeze in place- while at the same time hiring new hourly employees at higher hourly rates than people who have been there for years.
Is there a salary freeze for hourly employees at the city? Scott Neal, City Manager, has asked departments to propose budgets with spending cuts- isn't that funny when he himself hasn't taken any cut to his $138,000 a year job?
It was my understanding that the Eden Prairie Taxpayer's Alliance had proposed salary freezes for those at the top- not those at the bottom. It's unfortunate that those at the top of the public dole have no problem taking these raises while they issue edicts to departments to cut their staffs' pay.