Do you think the Great Falls Public Schools District is bloated? Do you think there are too many highly paid administrators? If you answered yes to these two questions you are probably asking why, how did we get there, and why are they always crying that they need more money?
A recent article by U.S. News, ‘More Money, Same Problems’ provides some answers.
“Since World War II, inflation adjusted spending per student in American public schools has increased by 663 percent. Where did all of that money go? One place it went was to hire more personnel. During that time, public schools increased their staff by 386 percent-four times the increase in students. ‘The numbers of administrators and other staff increased by over seven times the increase in students.’
“This staffing surge still exists today. From 1992 to 2014…..American public schools saw a 19 percent increase in their student population and a staffing increase of 36 percent.”
It seems that GFPS is keeping up with the National trend.
Things to know before you vote on the GFPS levy:
>>>GF High and CMR High have 4 associate principals each, all making close to $90,000, in addition to two principals making $113,000 and $105,000?
>>>Superintendent Tammy Lacey’s salary is $150K before benefits, which is more than the Governor of Montana, about $35K per year more.
>>>11 administrators have salaries in excess of $100K before benefits.
>>>Without a vote by the taxpayers, the school district recently added $649,441 to our taxes.
>>>The GFPS school district currently is reportedly sitting on $15.4M in reserve funds.
>>>We are already paying for the school district’s $98M bond levy we approved just 7 months ago, 1/3 of which hasn’t shown up on your tax bill yet.
>>>The school district currently owns residential rental property.
>>>The school district has awarded multi-million dollar construction contracts without competitive bidding.
>>>The school district’s $1.348M operational levy is exclusively for contractual obligations, district employee healthcare insurance premium increases and employee raises.
GFPS administrative salaries are listed here:
Finally, here’s how Portland, OR is dealing with its budget shortfall. http://www.kptv.com/story/38053891/portland-public-schools-announces-layoffs-of-central-office-positions
Send a message on May 8th!