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Poway Proposition Plea: Vote Yes on F

Help repair our crumbling educational (contract) system

Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins surveys the wreckage of his sweet gig. Won’t you please help?
Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins surveys the wreckage of his sweet gig. Won’t you please help?

Since its designation as a school district in 1960, Poway Unified has built a reputation as one of the finest places to get an excellent education (contract) in the state. Besides the crucial core program (of base pay), the district has built up an outstanding array of additional (payment) options for student (administrators). Things like (monetary) rewards for not dropping out (of high-ranking positions), opportunities for a graduate degree (stipend), and “me-too” (raise) programs that make sure no student (administrator) is left behind. A rising tide (of money) lifts all boats!

Now, special (investigatory) interests within the school system want to take all that away. They’ve already suspended superintendent John Collins, who must face the very real possibility that he will not make his standard $478,000 this year. We can’t even guarantee the stability of his $300,000 base salary. And just last week, two of Collins’ associate superintendents and his head of facilities were forced to retire (by making the decision to do so). You can help stop Poway’s crumbling (administrative salary) infrastructure! Vote Yes on Prop F!

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Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins surveys the wreckage of his sweet gig. Won’t you please help?
Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins surveys the wreckage of his sweet gig. Won’t you please help?

Since its designation as a school district in 1960, Poway Unified has built a reputation as one of the finest places to get an excellent education (contract) in the state. Besides the crucial core program (of base pay), the district has built up an outstanding array of additional (payment) options for student (administrators). Things like (monetary) rewards for not dropping out (of high-ranking positions), opportunities for a graduate degree (stipend), and “me-too” (raise) programs that make sure no student (administrator) is left behind. A rising tide (of money) lifts all boats!

Now, special (investigatory) interests within the school system want to take all that away. They’ve already suspended superintendent John Collins, who must face the very real possibility that he will not make his standard $478,000 this year. We can’t even guarantee the stability of his $300,000 base salary. And just last week, two of Collins’ associate superintendents and his head of facilities were forced to retire (by making the decision to do so). You can help stop Poway’s crumbling (administrative salary) infrastructure! Vote Yes on Prop F!

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I really wonder how much Collins made from that monstrously bad bond deal. Because no one could possibly rig something with terms that punishing without hoping to benefit in some way, somewhere down the line. Of course, if Collins gets a job with that bond company after being booted from Poway, maybe it will all be crystal clear. Which is probably why there should be a mandatory period of at least one year before someone in the public sector is hired by a company they worked with while "serving".

April 30, 2016

The Poway district has the highest paid "supe" in the county because they have to have the best. (And the costliest one has to be the best one, right?) Well, the San Dieguito district and the elementary districts that feed it probably think they are the best. It's often a toss up. If any of these people were superstar administrators and educational leaders, there might be some justification for the jacked-up salaries. But few, if any, ever are that good. Most are milquetoast types, faceless bureaucrats, or they are arrogant bullies.

A look at the staffing of school districts reveals large numbers of administrators with vague titles. They shuffle paper, draft reports, set "standards", and engage in palace intrigue. Little of what they do ever reaches the classroom. When it does, the teachers recognize the programs as just the latest fad in education, and know it will all be tossed out within about three years. That's why many of them ignore all of it, as they should.

Poway schools have a great reputation, but that's more due to the parents who choose to live in the district and their emphasis on education, and due to the efforts of teachers who get support from the parents. Administrators like this one come and go, and the schools just keep running. Comforting that career climber superintendents like Collins can't do major educational harm isn't it? Sadly, he and his cohort on the board as it was then composed did plenty of financial damage while proclaiming their desire to keep taxes that service the debt to a minimum. Fools do get elected. And then they can hire charlatans.

May 1, 2016

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