Minneapolis school superintendent's bonus marked down to $7,452

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 6:31 AM

The decision came after a tough review of Bernadeia Johnson by the Minneapolis school board, which wants better academic results.

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farcicalNov. 12, 1310:24 PM

An effective leader inspires those around her or him and has a clear, reasonable goal with buy-in. This Supe has essentially been on the job since her return from Memphis in 2005. SHe has not been hired away by a larger district, a clear sign that she is NOT upwardly mobile, which is probably why she left the business world in the first place. Her "Shift" is corporate-based reforms encased in terminology "borrowed" from a 2007 video from Colorado educators. She produces NOTHING original, is NOT respected by the majority of those she supervises, and the turnover in district-level positions is increasing. How she earned ANY bonus is baffling and I would hope that the BoE is seriously considering a search for a PROVEN, RESPECTED, and EXPERIENCED educator who has an original idea every so often and is willing to work WITH not only her employees and the families in Mpls, but actually include them in proactive, decision-making discussions. Her tenure resembles another internet meme - FAIL.

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Diogenes9Nov. 12, 1310:37 PM

The Minneapolis school board will live to regret this. Crypto-racism aside, there are plenty of jobs in the corporate world that Johnson could easily get- jobs that pay MORE than what she makes here.

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tallbobNov. 12, 1311:43 PM

Diogenes9: Don't bet on it friend! If the job was there she'd be there. Minneapolis couldn't find anybody 7 years ago... and brought the same person back that helped make the disaster in the first place! Some people in this city always say they don't mind paying "higher than heck" taxes because "we have such wonderful services"!!! What a JOKE!!

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tallbobNov. 12, 1311:44 PM

Diogenes9: Don't bet on it friend! If the job was there she'd be there. Minneapolis couldn't find anybody 7 years ago... and brought the same person back that helped make the disaster in the first place! Some people in this city always say they don't mind paying "higher than heck" taxes because "we have such wonderful services"!!! What a JOKE!!

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rlwr51Nov. 13, 1312:17 AM

Well, she's only the second worst superintendent MPS has had.

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klondikekidNov. 13, 1312:51 AM

Diogenes9, when people suggest that individuals working in any administrative government capacity earning in excess of $200,000 (before I assume benefits are included) can "easily" find jobs that replicate that compensation (or exceed), my interest gets peaked as to what it is exactly they can offer the private sector to warrant this. I have heard this said for years. The implication is that working within the confines of government, where job security is essentially guaranteed and failure to meet expectations is often associated with indifference or a "renewed focus" is intrinsically more difficult. Perhaps you are correct, I do not know Ms. Johnson well enough to suggest otherwise but let me offer to you and others that as long as we empower individuals to the extent today's administrators are given, we probably will never find out. The problems associated with underperformance far exceed the capacities of another "over qualified" administrator; they are structural, they are substantial and they are persistent. What is the point of tying ANY "bonus" into this compensation if the other side of the equation (removal) appears to not be an option? The business of education has become an extraordinarily expensive proposition. It is disheartening to see so little progress considering the huge sums of public resource and attention paid to "improving" it. Maybe we need to start putting people into positions of authority within our education system who are not as "qualified" and let the ubber educated and conditioned administrators go into the private sector and create jobs and industries to hire the kids who leave so many schools today largely unqualified to do much on their own.

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DufferHNov. 13, 13 1:35 AM

The volunteer monitor killed my post. I merely asked why she should get a bonus on top of her $190,000 for doing her job.

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ear2groundNov. 13, 13 2:04 AM

100% lack of leadership. Wow, she is mediocre at her job and yet paid handsomely for it. It is astonishing how few people [taxpayers] realize this. We just spent over a year on a mayoral election and then there's this. Johnson remains and our schools falter. Buy her out. Ship her out.

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numaticNov. 13, 13 3:40 AM

Benardiae is a disaster...fire her.

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lumpermanNov. 13, 13 4:09 AM

Bonus? Why? Look at the scholars she has turned out! They have no manners, no common sense, no respect, more fights, bullies and thugs then ever before and poor academic achievement. Granted, she can not be responsible for the failure of parents and the trend to have electronic devices babysit the children, but I do not think she deserves a bonus of any kind.

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