Last week the BTU filed its appeal of the state’s placement of the Dever and the Holland into Level 5 status. The filing was made in Superior Court. We will keep you posted. Both the Dever and the Holland were taken over by the state last year and placed into receivership. The Holland is now being run by its receiver, Unlocking Potential. The Dever is being run by Blueprint.
One of the lofty goals of the receivership, according to the state, is the need to accelerate rapid student achievement. To implement this goal the state, through its receivers, announced last spring that salary steps and lanes at both the Dever and the Holland be eliminated in their year 2 (2015-2016) so as to incentivize(!) teachers to work harder, smarter, and better. This new salary idea, based on a variety of supervisor-approved triggers, is designed, say Unlocking Potential and Blueprint, to throw out the old standard of automatic salary increases and bring in an exciting, incentive-laden new way of getting teachers to teach better. It’s also a way to keep costs down. Keep reading…
So last week five BTU office staff went to the Dever to say hello and introduce ourselves to the newly-recruited staff. We met with approximately 20 to 25 teachers and paraprofessionals, and we had a very productive give-and-take session. No more than four teachers present had even heard of this wonderful new salary proposal that eliminates steps and lanes. A number of staffpeople spoke and said that they accepted their positions precisely because they liked the salary schedule. Here’s our question to Blueprint: If the elimination of steps and lanes is such a new and exciting idea designed to give incentives to and recruit people, why not inform them, especially now that they’re going into their third month of the school year?
Interim Superintendent McDonough takes a question at the Building Rep Conference this past Sunday in Dedham. (Photo by Michael Maguire)