When was the last time you got a $15,000 Raise?

When was the last time you got a $15,000 raise?

Dekalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis is getting a pay increase, while Dekalb County is proposing cuts across the system: teachers are taking furloughs, pay cuts are happening all over for those who work in the schools, programs are going to be cut, and millage rates possibly increased. Just last night, President Obama was speaking out against education cuts, but I don’t think he meant pay raises for fat cat administrators and their cronies in the big county nepotism office.

Sure, Dekalb is a huge school system, and the job can’t be very easy, but this man makes almost A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Most of the administration in Dekalb Co. (a top-heavy organization, at that) make over $100,000. And yet, custodians and bus drivers and the like have not even gotten a step up in two years. Music and art programs might be cut. Lottery-funded pre-kindergarten programs might be cut. Magnet programs might be cut. We waste money on new textbooks that aren’t even needed, while we don’t get the ones that are needed. But thank god, Crawford Lewis is getting that extra $15,000. Premiere Dekalb, my ass. Lewis hasn’t earned the first $240,000, much less the $15,000 raise!

Want to learn more?

What Lies Behind Dekalb’s Ire Over Schools

Dekalb Parent

Dekalb School Watch

Do you have a child in the Dekalb County school system? Do you live in Dekalb County? This affects you. Make your voice heard. The Board of Education is holding a Public Budget Input meeting this evening at 6:00pm at the William Bradley Bryant Center of Technology:

William Bradley Bryant Center of Technology
2652 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur, Georgia 30033

Can’t make the meeting? You can send letters to the following Board Members:

H. Paul Womack, Jr. h_paul_womack@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Dr. Pamela Speaks pam_speaks@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Thomas E. Bowen thomas_bowen@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Zepora Roberts zepora_w_roberts@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Jim Redovian jim_redovian@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Don McChesney don_mcchesney@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Sarah Copelin-Wood sarah_copelin-wood@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, Jr. jay_cunningham@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Eugene P. Walker eugene_p_walker@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

And/Or DCSS Officials:
Terry M. Segovis Terry_M_Segovis@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Robert G. Moseley Robert_Moseley@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Either Todd or I will be attending the meeting, and if I go, I might Twitter updates. Those show up in the sidebar of my blog, or you can follow me on Twitter.

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5 Responses to “When was the last time you got a $15,000 Raise?”

  1. So disheartening. And we wonder why good teachers are leaving their profession. If not for the love of children, what incentive do they have to stay? And what kind of message does this send them about how they are valued? Good for you and Todd for taking a stand. We did similarly with an issue in Cobb concerning the balanced calendar vs traditional, I hope your group of parents are more successful!

  2. Dogwood Girl says:

    Seriously sad, Dorothy. Sorry your calendar issue didn’t work out. 🙁

  3. Shannon says:

    that is sucky- another reason why I am glad I am out of dekalb.

  4. lori cobbs says:

    you are my hero. i didn’t know about the mtg until i saw it on the news but i will write all of these folks re: my outrage. please let me know if you hear of any other citizen activism on this issue that i could be a part of.

  5. Dogwood Girl says:

    Shannon, are you in Fulton? C of A?

    Lori – I am working with another parent to create a letter to send to the board, which will touch on all the points that our school needs to make. Will let you know about that. I think there is also a meeting on Feb. 8th to give the board more input. But double-check that date.

    Also, make sure to keep up with those websites I listed. They are updated pretty regularly.

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