Dallas ISD Sez: See Ya Thursday!

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As we were eating dinner, about half an hour ago, the 7-year-old who lives in my house asked me to check Dallas Independent School District's Facebook page to see if there'd been an announcement about school tomorrow. So I did. I read this aloud:
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Dallas ISD schools and administrative offices will be open on Thursday, February 10. Please be safe on the way in to school tomorrow!
At which point the 7-year-old who lives in my house said, "I think you read all of that wrong." He's presently reading over my shoulder and feels the need to add this: "I really don't think I should have asked you to look it up." But you did, buddy. Now go read, brush your teeth and get to bed.

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Jon Dahlander
Jon Dahlander

The Legal Symposium updates campus administrators on the various legal issues involved with their scope of work.

Four sessions were scheduled to take place during the two days for approximately 800 staff members. The site was selected because it is both centrally located and it allows for breakout sessions to take place. Organizers determined this would not be possible at a campus during a school day. The total cost is roughly $5,200 for two days of meeting space. The presenters offered their services at no charge to the school district.

Because of the weather and because campus administrators expressed concern over being away from their campus for too long a period during the recent ice/snow storms, sessions for both days were cancelled and will be rescheduled in June at no additional cost.

David
David

This is only the beginning. Fasten your seat belt.

Anon
Anon

Budget cuts are necessary at the ADMINISTRATIVE level but the administrative level doesn't want the cash bonanza to end.

I don't have the link for the ADMINISTRATIVE org chart at hand, but it's sickening.

In order to punish the public for not ponying up more cash for them to waste on $32,000 RAISES FOR THEMSELVES, the district will punish kids and parents by cutting teachers instead of administrators--the latest number is 1000! This will cause crowding and quality issues.

But that's how the district will get even with us for not giving more of our money to this broken, corrupt glutton.

rumpunch
rumpunch

If you look at the non-campus staff levels (about 2300) approved by the Trustees at the beginning of the year compared to the non-campus base salary budget (about 125 million), you will see an average salary of about $54,000. There are several departments which have AVERAGE salaries of over $100,000. (Not including the Sup, CFO and Chief of Staff) There are approximately 200 non-campus administrative assistants, that is less than a 1:11 ratio (which includes mechanics and custodians). Several departments have 2 people of which one is an administrative assistant. Based on an average salary of about $45,000, that would be a savings of $9 million dollars. These are options (although extreme) which should be considered prior to any campus level cuts. A elimination of half of these positions would go a long way.

The $125 million in non-campus salaries looks reasonable when you compare it to the entire spending, but it is still $125 million spent outside of campus.

Raymond W.
Raymond W.

Dear sir:

According to the Dallas ISD website, a legal symposium scheduled for February 9 and 10 has been cancelled (I presume the weather is to blame). The symposium was to be held at the Anatole Hotel's Metropolitan Ballroom.

In light of the impending budget cuts, do you think it's worth asking the following questions?

1. Just how much does it cost to rent out a ballroom at the Anatole for two days?

2. If there is a cost associated, are we still paying when these events are cancelled? that is to say, are rental fees refunded?

3. If we are still paying, why are such events being cancelled when, despite the same event-prohibiting temperatures (and according to the same Dallas ISD website), classes will not be cancelled tomorrow?

My questions are based on assumptions, and if they are incorrect (i.e. if Dallas ISD doesn't pay for these ballrooms at the Anatole, or if the Anatole refunds any payments in full when Dallas ISD cancels these symposiums), please forgive me.

Thank you for your time and your consideration and for listening to your readers.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Why don't they have the Blasted thing at a Basketball field house ? Or an A high school auditorium ?

Raymond W
Raymond W

Exactly! Last night, I was thinking real hard about school auditoriums and how they seem to be frequently empty. Why do we need so much office space and extra real estate when these perfectly good auditoriums sit empty?

Have the meetings in the schools.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Mr. Dahlander, I think that one's meant for you. S'what you get for trolling blogs.

mmacnaughton
mmacnaughton

That oughta put a dent in the $27,000,000 that has been lost in the General fund balance since the beginning of school...

LaceyB
LaceyB

Isn't that cute? Even little 7 wants to edit Unfair Park. How does he not have a facebook, cell, etc., to have checked it himself?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Don't tell anyone, but he's been writing Schutze's blog items for the past three months.

Jon Dahlander
Jon Dahlander

Thanks Anon.

As of 5 p.m., a decision had not been made and I was not expecting it to be made until tomorrow. By 6:45, that obviously changed. We have notified the media, including Channel 8. Hopefully, all parents, students and staff members will get the message.

Anon
Anon

Well, someone needs to tell that to Dahlander. He was on Channel 8 News at 5:00 telling Gloria that the decision would not be made until tomorrow morning around 5ish.

So everyone who turned the tv off or doesn't have a computer or other access to Facebook is under a different impression.

Left hand, meet the right hand.

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