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Update: Guess who is getting a raise? Superintendent Nyland.
He has generously offered to only take a COLA of 1.8% of his base salary of $289,878.75. The BAR states that no public engagement was needed and that research had been done around other superintendents' salaries. There is no such data attached to the BAR.
This information was put up this afternoon, less than 24 hours before this BAR has intro/action. That is completely wrong to put this up in this timeframe. Like this is an emergency or something.
I cannot believe anyone can believe – with a straight face and that kind of salary –that you will have any support from the public or parents when you come and say that big cuts must be made to schools and personnel.
To say I am aghast and disillusioned is putting it mildly.
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A couple of things to look for:
- The quick no to any contract change/raise for Superintendent Nyland. I'm fairly sure of this outcome because there is no link to anything about this on the agenda despite it being there.
Approval of Contract Discussions with the Superintendent - Approval of this item would approve the results of the contract discussions with the Superintendent. (to be posted prior to action) (this item is for introduction and action at the same meeting)That there is no link 24 hours before this item would indicate to me that no action can be taken. They cannot just put it up there without any ability from the public to review it. (As well, how would it look to give him a raise?)
- As I mentioned in the Blanford post, if you watch the meeting on tv, look at his body language. He tends to keep his back to his colleagues even as they speak. Given what he wrote in the South Seattle Emerald with no notice to his colleagues, there may even be discussion about what he wrote.
- The speaker list is full but with just one person on the waitlist. The majority of input is to be about the Student Assignment Plan. I am the first speaker after the student speaker from Garfield. As well, former director Sharon Peaslee is on the list and may speak about Licton Springs K-8 which she fought mightily to save.