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Sandy Kucharczyk: Summit Schools ‘top heavy’

Sandy KucharczykBreckenridge

Just thought I’d go to the Summit County Schools’ website to see the number of administrative positions in the school district. I found there are actually seven sections: Admin, Business, SpEd, HR, Technology, Communications, and Buildings & Grounds. Each has a director/supervisor; however I could not find how many folks work in each department. In March 26th’s article, there were quotes from the director of Instruction and the school district spokeswoman. Neither of these positions were listed on the website, which made me wonder about the size of the administration.I bring this up because I taught in the classroom for 27 years. I have seen so much money spent on salaries for “directors, specialists, curriculum advisors, assistant principals, educator coaches, public relation positions, athletic directors, coordinators, and special program directors.” While teaching I would get an e-mail once in awhile from these folks, and very rarely would they drop in. I’m not saying these folks aren’t good people; I’m just questioning why these jobs aren’t on the chopping block instead of cutting the staff stipends for curriculum writing, etc. This work will still have to be done; however the teachers who are doing this on top of their regular duties most likely will do it anyway without pay. There have been other cuts in the budget reported in the Summit Daily. However, none of these cuts have included any positions or stipends of administrative positions.I have great respect for Dr. Hamner and believe we have terrific teachers here in Summit County. However, our school system seems to be “top heavy.” Maybe we should analyze the need for some of the positions which have little, if any impact on the education of our children.

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