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Superintendent gets raise, new contract

October 10, 2006

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Lawrence's school board decided Monday night to give Supt. Randy Weseman another three-year contract, plus a 5 percent salary boost.

"There's no place I'd rather be than in this school district in Lawrence," Weseman said after the unanimous vote.

Under the new agreement, Weseman will work at least another three years in the district's top spot. His annual salary will go from $139,770 to $146,760, a 5 percent increase.

He also will get a 2.5 percent increase in his benefits package, said Sue Morgan, school board president.

The contract goes through June 30, 2009.

"He got an excellent performance rating from the board members," Morgan said. "Things are going well. I think he provides us great leadership."

She said looking at the research that shows what elements lead to student achievement gains, Lawrence's schools are right on target.

"He's got this district very focused, providing the support the administrators and building leaders need," Morgan said.

In other action, the board heard a report recognizing Lawrence students who are learning Chinese through the Confucius Institute at Kansas University.

Three Free State High School students who are taking Mandarin Chinese this year. The Chinese language class, taught by Jonathan Yi, is offered across the state through the Greenbush Interactive Distance Learning Network.

Comments

MeeMa8 7 years, 11 months ago

It is costing lawrence families more and more for our children's "free" public education, but he gets a raise???? this is such an injustice to our kids. what about spending the money on actual education materials??? Oh yeah, I forgot, kids aren't the number one priority in Lawrence schools.

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promitida 7 years, 11 months ago

Exactly Shardwurm, I saw this coming when we got the budget. :-(

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Shardwurm 7 years, 11 months ago

"He got an excellent performance rating from the board members," Morgan said. "Things are going well. I think he provides us great leadership.""

I wonder what his rating was from the parents and students? Oh yeah, I forgot, we don't get a vote.

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common_cents 7 years, 11 months ago

This is all typical in any school district. There is always a salary gap between teachers and administration. One thing you can always count on - if the teachers get a raise, or are about to get a raise, the administration will get one shortly thereafter.

Must keep that gap! Can't let the gap narrow! Screw the kids!

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common_cents 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh yeah... in case non of you heard, they just discontinued title I math for 4-6 graders. There is enough money to give him a raise, but not enough to help those children who are having some learning troubles with math!

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towniejj 7 years, 11 months ago

I think you should think about this more logically. Weseman has a very difficult job and we are lucky to have such a talented person in that job. Our schools would be much worse off without him.

If this job didn't pay well, we would likely have a less-qualified, less-effective person in the position. Weseman could make a lot more money in the private sector, and that is why it is necessary to pay him this much.

I agree that teachers should be paid more and students should have the best education possible. Of course, a lot of that comes down to the community not wanting to pay more taxes or fees.

This is a complicated issue, and should not all fall on the shoulders of one administrator.

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prioress 7 years, 11 months ago

Weseman deserves his raise; Lawrence is a tough town...observe the nutcases on this board and you will get a taste of how difficult it is to gain cooperation and consensus.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 11 months ago

this is wrong, just wrong. A new three year contract, ugh, and a raise this is not going to be good.and I do not see where the raise is deserved. And the contract please new blood the schools can not take another three years of this.

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commuter 7 years, 11 months ago

towniejj - I must disagree with weaseman making more inthe private sector. He could have the possibility of making more if it was a education related company.

Get real. He is a teacher with some more classes on how to lead. Look at his management strategy- Divide and conquer. When there was the fight to close Centennial or Cordley. he just stood back and let those two groups go and plead their case. All the while, he wanted to close Centennial for other purposes.

By the way, does Vicki Scott still work for the district? ( You know the para who spoke out about closing east Height, the one is was not protected by the LEA)? No. think about it.

He could make more money in a field that is better suited for him- politics. he is very good a telling people what they want to hear instead of the whole story.

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common_cents 7 years, 11 months ago

Moira

This is true, but the reduction in funding could be offset by theses unnecessary salary increases. It's time that the children were thought of first.

Another item: All-day kindergarten - gone

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BOE 7 years, 11 months ago

Look at the inflation rate, and you'll see it's more COLA than raise.

He's barely staying even.

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commuter 7 years, 11 months ago

5 % increase in salary and 2.5% increase in benefits.

I guess he has to get caught up with the 8% raise the teachers got. It is too bad the rest of the district personnel don't get the same type of raise.

I bet the lunch people, maintenance people, and people who work at 110 MacDonald would appreciate it a lot more than HIM. He probally thinks he is worth a lot more!!

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Kuku_Kansas 7 years, 11 months ago

Shardwurm posted: "He got an excellent performance rating from the board members," Morgan said. "Things are going well. I think he provides us great leadership.""

I wonder what his rating was from the parents and students? Oh yeah, I forgot, we don't get a vote.

You must have forgotten, you do get a vote...a vote to elect members to that Board.

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