Sound of Crickets, NOT!

Monday night I participated in a School Board Candidate Forum where criticisms about your School Board’s previous actions and the Open Meeting Law procedures we follow were made by another candidate.  I chose to focus on more positive remarks that night. However we should all have the correct information.

  • In the 16 years of School District Budgets I have voted on there have only been 3 years when base salary was frozen, and in 2 of those years the teachers still got additional monies.
  • In those 16 years of budgets, if teachers increased their Professional Development by taking more college credit classes, for 15 of those years  they got an increase in their base salary. 
  • That is not frequent salary freezes by the Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board as previously claimed by the now candidate.
  • At the School Board Meeting when the now candidate made these incorrect accusations, your School Board continued with our meeting following our agenda and our regular Open Meeting Law procedures after we had received all the public comments on the properly noticed and posted topic.  There was passionate discussion among your School Board Members and then we voted.  
  • To me, that is not the “sound of crickets” following public comments nor is it the sound of chaos.  It is the orderly meeting of a Governing Board with responsibility for over 11,000 students carefully nurtured each day by 1,700 employees, using over $286,433,340 of our District’s assets and with an annual budget exceeding $150,000,000.   


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