Thursday, June 02, 2011

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail


----- Original Message -----
From: Gail Peirson
To: UNofficially Winslow
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: school board budget

TO: UNofficially Winslow

I have been perusing the school budget and have been quite disturbed about the cost of salaries and benefits for school administrators. Their own budget says their ratio is 40% benefits above salary. That is huge. And the national average by the labor statistics is 20 - 30%. Also these folks can "buy back" unused vacation and sick days to an extent. This seems to mean they get paid for working and then get paid again for not taking the days allotted to them. Vacation should always be taken, its good for you. I really object to the stats below.

In general it seems our ratio of "instruction costs" is significantly lower than the administrative and services costs, compared to other districts. Why is this?

Finally the arrangement of the budget available to us is very poor, it takes hours to figure out what it really says. I'd sure like to see something clearer.

We have to address some of these issues. Please come out to the school board meetings to hear what they say and to get questions answered like:

* what is being taught about the Constitution and our govt'
* what is in the history books about our founding fathers
* what is being taught directly or indirectly about the political scene and the political parties?
* what is being taught about the homosexual agenda
* what is being taught about the religions?

These issues are very scary in some school districts around the country, I think we should know the curriculum. Some schools are being taught little about our history and the Constitution. Some are being taught nothing about the role of the Christian faith in our history. Some are being "brainwashed" about political issues. Many schools are teaching homosexuality as "an alternative lifestyle". It seems the Muslim faith and Buddhism are receiving attention, whereas the Christian faith is being banned.

Help us in finding out what matters to you.

Gail Peirson


STATS - pupils on roll total = 5,654 + 500 others district responsible for

Number of teachers 509.

Salary range (5th. highest in the nation) – average being $49,700.

Teacher to student ratio 1:12

NJ $ amount spend per student $13,600.

Amount spent salary & curriculum $9,400. per student
Administrators = 21
Teacher aides = 155 Coordinators 8
Spec Ed day school = 49 students 19 teachers
Total revenues from all sources 2009 = $100,602,423.
2010 = $100,240,485.
2011 est = $97,959,328. this of course = total expenditures

2011 est revenue sources.

Taxes – local = $43,168,135. est + $1,715,278.
State $ 50,612,488. + 363,324.
Federal $ 6,500,000.
Preschool aid $1,644,274 # students ? (State$)
Cost of instruction K – 12 $49,181,000. ( $32,951,000. for teacher/aide salaries)

Teacher salaries national average for 2009 $49,700. to $61830

NJ Average $61,830.
New York average $66,760.
Delaware average $52,957.
Winslow average $64,736.

Cost of Benefits $20,592,000 “employee benefits as a % of salaries = 40.2 %”

Teacher and administrative benefits in New Jersey.
Total State salaries $8,661,066,891.
Total State benefits $4,279,503,333. (OVER 49%)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average benefit rate 20-30%

Retirement 3.4%
Vacation & PTO 7%
Health Care 8%

Classroom salaries and benefits $7485. per student.
Special education cost $586,000.
Special note: Special day school 49 students and 19 teachers.
School sponsored activities and athletics $ 959,075.
Transfer of funds to charter schools $3,418,498.

Non-educational costs:
All support costs (not direct instruction costs) $28,031,000.

General administration $1,255,195.
School Administration $ 3,213,174.
Administration salaries and benefits $1008. per student.
Total administrative costs $1349. per student.
Central services and administration info technology. $2,065,330.

Social work ,health, speech, OT, PT, related services $4,650,311.
includes $1,274,044. for Guidance.
Child Study Teams $2,342,523.

Improvement of instructional services $ 531,705.
Instructional staff training services $165,650.

Building services:

Operation and maintenance of plant services $ 5,272,101.
Capital expenditures $48,593.
Total operations and plant maintenance $1,018. per student + $462. salaries.
Support services, support salaries and benefits $1,739. per student
Buses service $6,458,304.
Repayment of debt 2011 $3,263,196.

Examples of certain administrative salaries:
District superintendent - Poteet
FTE – 240 days a year,
25 vacation days ,15 sick days, 3 personal days
Annual salary $170,775. ( This = $711./day---Note: Gov. Christie makes $175,000.)
Allowance $4,021.
Health and other benefits for teachers benefit amounts (40 – 49% above salary)
Other remuneration and buyback of sick days, vacation days, personal days, annually $16,240.
Retirement buy back 100% of vacation days.

NOTE: If there are 21 administrative staff people and they can each buy back 10 vacation days a year at their daily rate and we average that rate at $500., the annual amount we owe these 21 people is $105,000. And that is just for their vacation day buy back, which they should have to take because it is what is good for them (and thereby the students) and which they were already paid for on those days they worked instead of taking vacation.

Carcamo - Asst. Supt. $156,375. ( 663/day) + $ 2,869. and buy backs $6,014. 236 work days ,25 vacation days, and 12 sick days.

Garcia -Business Administrator $156,375. + $1,140. + buy backs + $6,014. 236 work days, 20 vacation, 12 sick .

Moore - Coordinator/Dir/Mgr/Supvr. $120,000. + benefits $236 20 vacation, 12 sick.