Corey Mitchell reports in the StarTribune that Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent, Bernadeia Johnson, kicked $270k to her administrative staff after reading a report suggesting that they were paid less than comparable administrators in other districts.
I found this sentence particularly interesting:
The pay hikes, retroactive to July 2010, were paid out in lump sums.
It’s also the same administration that took more than 4 months to respond to a requests for information from reporters regarding the contract awarded by the MPS.
This is the same administration that didn’t think that $270,000 in salary increases was important enough of a topic to deserve school board approval.
If you’re going to compare the salaries of senior administrative staff to other districts, shouldn’t you also compare the quality of their work?
This part was also interesting:
The raises followed a compensation study by Public Sector Personnel Consultants of Tempe, Ariz., that found that 75 percent of Minneapolis district employees are compensated above market. The same report indicated that 38 percent of senior management was found to be more than 5 percent below the average for people working similar jobs in other school districts. Those employees received checks this summer, [School district spokesman Stan] Alleyne said.
The decision to pay out more than a quarter million dollars was “done out of fairness,” Alleyne said.
Did Supt. Johnson request month back from the 75% of Minneapolis district employees who are being compensated above market? You know, “out of fairness” as Stan Allyne puts it. It sounds like the administration hired a company that ran a study concluding that the administration is nearly the only underpaid group in the entire district. That’s convenient. It’s even more convenient that they were able to find the money to solve the issue the study they funded identified.