Will DISD Board Offer Buyouts to Central Administration Staffers? Tune In Tomorrow.

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From the looks of the bare-bones agenda, the Board of Trustees Budget Workshop doesn't appear to be all that exciting, especially when you consider that tangible answers about the budget-cutting to come are still a couple of months off. But this evening I called Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander about something tangentially related, and he mentioned that the board will be treated to a guest speaker at the outset of tomorrow's 1 p.m. meeting: Lynn Moak, namesake of Moak Casey & Associates, the consultants-slash-lobbyists who rep and advise a coalition of the state's largest school districts.

And there are at least two fairly significant item on the agenda, including "Discussion of Early Resignation Incentive for Non-Contract Employees." As Dahlander explains, the district's considering offering to central staffers and those "not considered teachers" at the campus level the same buyout offer extended to teachers last month. "We will find out if the board is interested," says Dahlander, who adds that the trustees will also spend tomorrow mapping out priorities -- "as in," he says, "which programs should be kept and which ones should go."

Moak, a former Texas Education Agency staffer, is expected to present to the board the latest intel about where the Senate and House are heading with their respective cuts to public education. Says Dahlander, "He'll give a comparison of what's being discussed in the Senate and House and the impact it would have on us. It'll be interesting to have him explain to our board exactly what the latest information is and provide the framework for where we're going. And it'll be good for the community to hear it.

"Because the thing is, it's constantly evolving. The Senate last week came up with a version that was going to bring down the overall hit our district to $74 million, which is still significant, but given the steps we've taken with the early resignation incentive, that'll help, and if there's additional flexibility in terms of furlough days and perhaps being able to reduce salaries, then you're talking about being able to whittle this down and minimize the impact. That's a positive. And the governor agreed to tap the Rainy Day Fund for $3.2 billion. So that could change things as well. But at the same time we're still concerned about the House version, which is still over $200 million in cuts."

Ironically, DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa may not make it to the briefing -- he'll just be returning from Austin following a Thursday-morning sit-down with the local legislative delegation. Dahlander says he expects the super to make most of the meeting.

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Jake
Jake

Many Central Administration Staffers are there because they were related to or knew someone. It really helps if you are on very friendly terms with someone high up--sad, but so true. These are the folks that should have been eliminated before getting rid of teachers that are really needed; these folks are not needed at all.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

I am all for publicly funded schools for all children.I am all for frugal, responsible spending on education.

The reality, however, is that our local school board and our state-level politicians are NOT spending the money on educating kids.

Our local school board spends our local school district taxes and what do we get in return?

Pathetic facilities, overcrowded cafeterias serving "redesigned" menus of food kids won't eat, benchmark testing (bc we don't have enough testing already!), unbelievably awful CPGs that take an already watered-down state curric and really stab it through the heart, and a superintendent with multple secretaries and a driver!

We owe a SUPER BIG THANKS to all our fantastic school board members who facilitate this transfer of cash away from hardworking families and children and to consultants, lobbyists, builders, and charter school operators after our tax money.

Now they've appointed a "commission" to deflect blame from themselves since the ol' "blame Austin" didn't work.

The problem starts here--in Dallas.All we need are schools and teachers. Anything else is a luxury the taxpayers are struggling to pay for.

Too many on our school board have no shame.*Teachers at my building have started bringing in their personal fans. It's hot, the kids are hot, and we don't get AC until 3700 says so. Betcha 3700 Ross has AC when they want it. Betcha Hinojosa has AC in his office when he wants it .

Kids are hot, crowded, and hungry. But as long as our school board members aren't, who cares, right?

R Chatham
R Chatham

where do these trustees get these shitty ideas.A buy-out program for NON-contract employees???Why?the reasoning behind the buyout for the CONTRACT employees was so that DISD could get OUT OF the contract.So if there are employees with no contract, just issue pink slips to those administrative office employees and be done with it. It is their fat salaries and the overstaffing in the administrative bldg for all these years that has DISD in the strapped situation they are in. But they will not take blame. They blame our legislative representatives for cutting their cash pipeline.

We voted those Texas House Reps/Senators into office so that they would cut spending.

So, why isn't DISD getting it? When will they wake up?Cut the admin. employees to the bone. Make the bldg a ghost town. Empty rooms and desks everywhere. Keep the barest of minimum of administrative staff. And, I do mean bare minimum. Not one secretary needs to work there. Let the management answer their own phones and do their own work.

Maybe then they will learn to finally quit pissing away our tax dollars.

JustWondering
JustWondering

If the higher levels actually were in any danger of losing THEIR jobs, they might empathize and change priorities on what should be reduced/eliminated.

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