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April 4, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School administration costs are too high

STILLWATER, Okla. — Shelley Mitchell


To the editor:

Granted, state funding is going down. The state funding percentage changes each year dependent upon local revenues.

When local revenues go up, state funds decrease, and vice versa. From the school year 2008-2009 (actual) to 2013-2014 (budgeted), according to the SPS General Fund Revenue Collections data, local revenues are up 17.9 percent, intermediate sources of revenue (4-mill, mortgage tax) are up 47 percent, and state sources of funding have dropped 0.9 percent (less than 1 percent).

Meanwhile, in the same time period, according to the SPS General Fund Salary Detail page, administrative salaries have increased 54.4 percent, directors/coordinators salaries have increased 48.8 percent, computer technician salaries have increased 47.7 percent, and administrative secretaries salaries have increased 32.7 percent.

None of these people even interact with students on a daily basis. In terms of the people who do interact daily with our students, principal/assistant principal salaries have increased 22 percent and teacher salaries have increased 10 percent.

This financial crisis is not due to state funding cuts (less than 1 percent, remember?), but rather by the out of proportion raises granted to those at the top of our school system, those who don’t even interact with our children as part of their job. Let’s keep the focus on where it needs to be – the mismanagement of our school funds by our local administrators.

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