Wayland Teachers 'Well-Compensated'

File photo.
File photo.

The following was posted by David Moran:

As a former HS teacher of several years, once married to an elementary teacher, a parent of HS kids a decade ago, and currently a sub and coach at local high school (not Wayland) and middle school, I’m generally a strong supporter of fairly valuing and paying teachers. 

Or I was.

I also am (forcibly) semiretired, and a stunned Wayland taxpayer. So I would certainly support school budget reform and pushback. (I wouldn’t urge exclusion of pay for sports coaching and club/extracurricular advising; it’s nontrivial work and worth paying for.)

Wayland teachers are now very well-compensated however you look at it, property taxes are very high and again jumping higher, and future increases >2017 are well worth seriously and vocally addressing now, at both Fincom and School Committee levels. With average salary now just under $87k and next year just over $90k.

(See https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/waylandvotersnetwork/conversations/topics/743 for further gruesome detail), it seems a good time to speak up about the problem, and also hear concretely from candidates on it.

WaylandTransparency.com March 18, 2014 at 09:19 AM
The poster calling himself Wayland Transparent is in NO WAY affiliated with WaylandTransparency.com
david moran March 18, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Ah, thanks. I hope he responds anyway, about Stein counterassertions if any and about CPA funding.
Wayland Transparent March 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Dr. Stein made no qualitative assertion about teacher pay. What he did is correct the misrepresentations in the WVN piece about the new salary contract. It was the first time I have seen the WVN reporter speechless. CPA funding comes from our taxes - when you want it that makes our tax rate OK, when you don't they are too high. Take a look at all the things that have kept our taxes artificially low of the past few years before you start crowing about huge increases.
david moran March 18, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Thanks for this start, but you are going to have to do better than this. What Stein corrected, why the speechlessness; I will try to track down on my own. I thought you would have data. Including how CPA works, what I do not understand. I have no bias here, just curiosity about why taxes are so high, and a sense of the need for pushback. When you know actual details, share, please --- transparency and all that. Crowing sure is an odd and impugning choice of verb, esp from someone misleadingly transparent.
david moran March 24, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Okay, I have heard no details nor substantiation re any of this, transparent or opaque or in between. One of my contacts reports that Stein did later hand out to the school committee details re the distribution of raises between younger teachers and more-experienced teachers: younger teachers get on average substantially more than the 4% systemwide average, while experienced ones who have hit the top step get less. This was in no way a rebuttal of anything reported, WVN or otherwise. I regret not having been involved as a questioner in the recent candidates' night. It is absolutely essential for anyone unwealthy who wants to continue to live in this nice town to know where each candidate, old or new, stands wrt school budgeting a couple of years down the road.


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