Monday, June 22, 2015
Sarah Stevens: Teacher morale will suffer if expensive consultant not retained
And this time, she is not trying to sell the board on a $103,000 contract. Out of the goodness of his heart, Core Collaborative founder Paul Bloomberg is giving the district a discounted price of $87,150, which R-8 taxpayers will realize is nearly $10,000 less than the going price for changing the color of bleacher seats.
Of course, the fact that Bloomberg, fellow Core Collaborative official Barb Pitchford, and Stevens are scheduled to make a presentation at a national conference next month on the success they have had in the Joplin school system gives them added incentive to want a deal since it would seem a bit foolish to talk about your success with a school district that did not want you back.
In her reasons for wanting the board to reconsider its action, Stevens says not only will morale suffer but the district would be forced to pull teachers out of classes more often, teachers would have to take time with after-school professional development or book studies (which would have teachers getting paid rather than consultants), they might have to contract with other vendors which would cost more money (apparently, our curriculum instructor is unable to cope without resorting to outside vendors), and teachers would have to be sent all over the United States to get training which might not be passed on to the rest of the faculty.
The proposal was prepared by Stevens, and okayed by Superintendent C. J. Huff and Executive Director of Elementary Education Jennifer Doshier.