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School Administrator – Can’t make this up!

May 5, 2010

Bob Ingel put the following on his blog and I just cannot sit by and not re-post it.  Bob clearly distills the total disconnect between educators (particularly administrators) and the state’s budget deficit.

The best part is the quote from Camden School Board Vice President Susan Dunbar-Bey,

“We listened to the people when we have our public forum, and I think Dr. Young’s contract is fair. You can’t ask unions and other people to give up things if the top leader is not willing either.”

The complete post is below. 

You can’t make this stuff up, No. 643

By Bob Ingle

Bessie LeFra Young

The big thinkers in the Camden School District want you to know they feel your pain — they’re a district formerly known as Abbott so no matter where you live in New Jersey you pay for their school system. They awarded Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young a three-year contract extension (probably because of the outstanding results she gets). Her salary remains at $239,063, while Education Commissioner Bret Schundler gets $145,000 and Gov. Christie is paid $175,000. But, wait. It wasn’t that Young didn’t give back. She agreed to pay up to 1.5 percent of her salary as a health care premium contribution. And — now this is sacrifice, so we need a drum roll please –  she also gave back ONE of her 12 sick days and a transportation allowance.  “We listened to the people when we have our public forum, and I think Dr. Young’s contract is fair. You can’t ask unions and other people to give up things if the top leader is not willing either,” said Board Vice President Susan Dunbar-Bey. 

Really. She said that. I didn’t make it up. Honest. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. NJ Administrator permalink
    May 5, 2010 1:22 pm

    What a Big FAT JOKE. None of the taxpayers in NJ are laughing!

  2. marie denz permalink
    May 5, 2010 1:26 pm

    we need to keep focusing on her salary and making residents of our county aware of the results she is able to get in the Camden school sytem. If there is not dramatic improvement in graduation rates and attendance records, etc. , we need to let our objections to her salary and performance record be heard.

  3. Scot DeCristofaro permalink
    May 6, 2010 12:14 am

    Reprehensible!

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