Minneapolis school board tables debate on raise policy

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 20, 2011 - 10:49 PM

Minneapolis superintendent's supporters say the rule risks micromanagement and threatens her authority.

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mpls4216Sep. 20, 11 9:12 PM

I guess she must be a hero. Not sure why we care what these outside groups have to say. Just because you are being paid less than someone else doing the same job here or in another state does not equate to you being "owed". You took the job for the pay offered...game over. The Board should manage her that is their job - oversight - kudos to them. This is a prime example of the Peter Principle.

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inlandseaSep. 20, 1111:56 PM

The news article says: ""To aid her best work we prefer a board that supports the superintendent in public and disagrees with her in private," We don't need a Board that is a rubber stamp to any and all decisions by a Superintendent. We also need to stop the trend that over compensates the Superintendent and top administrators while trimming front line staff. It's ridiculous how school superintendents and top administrators in this state earn more than the Governor or top agency heads. When you consider the perks, the pay, the retirement packages, and the buyout clauses to these contracts you'd think we were paying Potentates rather than district administrators. Maybe it's time for a slate of reformist Board candidates to reverse these trends.

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incandescentSep. 21, 11 1:59 AM

Once again, a school board is told that it is their job to just be a cheerleader for the Superintendent. If they ever see that it is necessary or prudent to place limits on the superintendents authority, they are accused of micromanaging. At the same time, what of the 75% who are paid over the market rate? Well, if MSP can keep those employees' pay at that rate long enough, their pay will be factored into other districts' costly compensation studies and will inflate the averages, in a vicious cycle.

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cuddles56Sep. 21, 11 6:22 AM

Blah Blah Blah. Business as usual for MPS. Give raises to the already high paying, board members who don't have a clue. MPS standard practice, make sure all admins and supers get raises. What about the groups that have gone years without a raise? Why doesn't the Trib actually dig and do some fact finding? That's why the blah blah blah.

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nrbeecherSep. 21, 11 1:55 PM

This is EXACTLY why I took my children out of the Minneapolis district. Can't they see how this demeans the entire system. The Board is supposed to watch what is going on with the Superintendent. Not give her the power to be Queen!

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karendavid816Sep. 21, 11 2:33 PM

Hey Strib reporter - how about some info on the AALF and its membership. Their letter head in yesterday's paper lacked an address or phone number. Who are they are why do they run the agenda at the school board? Which of their members got the nice back pay? Is the Superintendent a member? Will the AALF be upset if the Board does something about the 75% of administration that is being paid above their peers?

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