In all fairness…



…Shawn Williams, Lee County Board of Education chairman, has been openly willing to post on our blog.   Although this Founding Father generally does not agree with him, his opinion does deserve to be heard.  So due to the high emotions flying back and forth between the boards and the citizens, I have decided to open this post for legitimate questions concerning the school budget only. 

Rules:  All questions will be about the budget itself.  If you want to know, ask.  Questions that deter to personal attacks on Mr. Williams will be deleted immediately. 

Back to business:  You, the citizens, have a right to ask direct questions and a right to have your questions answered.

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8 Responses to In all fairness…

  1. Concerned Teacher says:

    I want to know, why is Dr. Moss and several Central Office personnel receiving raises and bonus’? We have been told that it is because they have taken on additional duties….what duties, C.O. hasn’t lost that many positions that they are taking on that much extra work. Also, if they get a raise for more work what about the teachers who have lost assistants or tutors and they now have additional duties and tasks to perform….shouldn’t they get a raise then? In addition…why did Dr. Moss get a bonus? It was said that it was to keep him because a CEO of a major company would get it…..well what about people with an education equal to that of our teachers and assistants? I heard Dr. Moss got the bonus to retain him like a company does for a CEO, well I know of companies that give their employess bonus’ to keep them. So is Lee County Schools not concerned about the people working directly with the students? Do they no want to keep the dedicated professionals that they have?

  2. Someone else says:

    Mr. Williams, how do you justify giving Moss and a few select other county office employees raises while pay for teachers, assistants, and other staff goes down (and yes, I said down – keep in mind that health insurance for employees took another hit, and teachers are being asked to take on more extra work that used to come with modest (but still respectful to the extra effort) stipends?

    Also, do you have a plan for fairly compensating these employees as well as you have done for central office? There are ways of making employees feel valuable and respected and not all of them cost money, although a long range plan to increase the supplement would be appreciated.

  3. shawn says:

    I will wait till all questions are posted and will answer them by Sunday evening. I know you might not all agree with my answers, but I will do my best to be open and honest to the best of my ability.

  4. Sheila Barber says:

    Mr. Williams,

    Rumor, because I cannot get this confirmed, is that Warren Williams was shut down by the BOE or Mr. Moss suddenly last week due to the General Assembly’s budget that reduced funding for More at Four and consolidation with another program. Rep Stone’s office is getting call after call on it. Can you confirm this?

    If so, how much money will this save the taxpayers? Was this action included as a cost saving measure in the budget presented to the BOC? Will the students be appropriated to other schools? Where will the principal go or is she part of the RIF that is going on?

    Thank you.

    Sheila Barber

  5. Sanford27330 says:

    “The reason it came up now is because during an election year, you cannot vote on a contract.” Shawn Williams, Sanford Herald, June 2011, referring to the superintendent’s recent contract extension.

    2010 was an election year. Linda Smith was reelected and Mark Akinosho and John Bonardi were elected.

    However, the board voted to change the terms of Dr. Moss’ contract not by a little bit, but a whole lot during that election year. He went from being a $40,000 line item in May 2010’s approved local funds budget to a $72,000 line item in October’s reconciled budget. That’s an 80 percent supplement increase.

    Can you guarantee there will be no increases in Dr. Moss’ contract or any other administrative (central office as well as school-based) position when this year’s budget is finalized?

    Why did the board feel it was the most responsible course to cut 50 teacher positions while most likely only cutting one (vacant) central office administrative position?

    Dr. Moss gave raises to central office personnel last year for two reasons: additional duties and increased experience. Since teachers are gaining experience on the state salary scale yearly (they just move the dollar figure for each step down each year) and are probably going to have additional duties due to the cuts the board approved, can they expect to see similar increases soon for those reasons?

    It would take about $300,000 to increase teacher supplements by 1 percent (moving Lee County more in line with Moore County and Chatham County, and a tool both the board and Dr. Moss insisted are essential to keeping good teachers). Does the board have a plan to try and find that small amount of money to help keep good teachers?

  6. The Lee County Schools budget has  hundreds of codes and can be found on my blog.  Mr. Williams – where are these codes for the public to review? 

    Also on page 21, there is a $27,000 contracted service under Maintenance.  What is that for? 

    Page 33 – there is a $60,000 contracted legal services agreement for Jimmy Love.  According to documents given to the BOC by the BOE, there are two other law firms Schwartz and Tharrington that have been retained as well by the school.  What are Mr. Love’s responsibilities? 

    Same page – What is the supplement amount for the BOE $4800 for?  What does the $24,000 Other professional and technical services for the board cover? 

    Page 34 – There is a contracted services for external audit of $43,500.  Is this a requirement? And why kind of audit is it?

    Page 35 – Community services costs $108,235.  What is this for?

    Page 39 – Warren Williams energy replacement costs of $35,000.  I heard and have tried to find this out…that WW was being shut down.  Does this mean no?  I’m sure that would be good news to the Principal and teachers.

    Page 49-50 – Tutors $320,000 for after school tutors.  Mr. Moss said in a forum that tutors would be cut.  And now with only $660,000 more added, how can we afford that much?

    Page 66 – What are all the Indirect Costs I see for?



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