What's wrong with this picture? Over 90% of our students are on free or reduced lunch and our superintendent of schools tops the salary list of city employees at $182,670. Well you could argue that the size of the salary is commensurate with a "job well done". Only I'm not sure it is well done. I mean we have two schools that are at Level 4 Connery and Harrington.
Even after lots of meetings with parents, educators and administrators over months to come up with a viable Turnaround Plan for each school, we failed to achieve success in coming up with an acceptable plan for Connery. Since we "flunked out" at devising an acceptable plan for Connery we were sent back into remediation until we learn our lesson. In the meantime we miss out on all those dollars set aside to fix our problems. Then from the rumblings I hear, three other schools, Marshall, Breed, and Lynn Tech are set to become Level 4 this summer. All but 3 of Lynn's 26 schools failed to make AYP. Does this sound like we are getting our money's worth?
Between Dr. Latham and Dr. Wary, we are spending over $320,000 a year for these results. That doesn't even take into account the $100,000 spent for Confidential Secretaries for them. Because they are so proficient at leading our educational system, we have been asked to bring another into their seclusive little club. That person would undoubtedly make well over $125,000. I guess it's not easy to fail. Five of our seven school committee members must have felt their pain because only Coppola and Starbard voted AGAINST creation of a new Deputy position.
Latham and Wary complain about the long hours they put in but at their salaries it's no wonder the school system can't afford a time clock. What do I know, I'm just a poor disabled poet. Maybe I should have studied math in college. That way I would have learned more abut "differential equations" so could understand the "difference" between last year and this year and why Dr. Latham's salary had to increase somewhere near $20,000.
With all due respect to Charlie Sheen, "Losing" seems to pay pretty well.
School Super Latham tops on Lynn’s payroll