POSTED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 9:45am
Last year on the eve of the current legislative session, Troup ISD Superintendent Marvin Beaty said this.
“Six years ago, we began saving money for the rainy day,” he said. “Well the rainy day is here."
And like many districts, they’ve chosen to cut teacher pay, for selected faculty members.
Unfortunately, they raised the pay of school administrators, virtually across the board.
A new group of parents called Community Advocates for Troup Teachers called a penalty.
“All we’re doing is taking money from the teachers and giving it to the administrators,” says group President Chris Dickson. “That’s wrong.”
“We have signed contracts with the administrators,” Beaty said. “Since we’ve signed those contracts, they’re rather binding. So I can’t just snatch them back. So, we said, well, with the others; we’re going to cut some from 12 months back to 11 months, some from 11 to 10. And you can’t cut any lower than 10 or they become a part time employee.”
KETK asked, “You say you can’t cut the administrators because you have contracts. You had contracts with these teachers, too.”
“Right, we have annual contracts,” Beaty replied. “They are one year contracts. And while you cannot cut salary, you can cut days.”
“People are scared in this district,” says Dickson. “Someone has to stand up for them. If we don’t, no one else will.”
“The teachers that they were allegedly advocating for?” Beaty told us, “They sought me out and said, hey look, those guys don’t speak for me. I am happy with my job, I’m happy with my contract.”
“All the information that we’re getting from teachers who want to remain anonymous, employees who want to remain anonymous, because they’re in fear of their jobs,” Dickson replied. “If the school district had put in a freeze where no one is receiving raises and no one is receiving cuts, we wouldn’t be here today.”
“Well, hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it?” said Beaty. “I would love to turn the clock back, but I really can’t do that.”
Dickson replied, “But at the same time, what’s right is what’s right.”