REMINDER: Any comments NOT pertaining to Mr. Williams responses or any that are personal will be deleted. PH
This patriot would like to sincerely thank Mr. Shawn Williams for taking time to answer questions from our readers. Readers: He didn’t have to do this. Regardless of our disagreements with the BOE, while others remain silent, Shawn has stood on his convictions and honored our request.
Although the number of questions were low, the quality of the questions showed our readers really do care about our county and schools. We are striving to bring Lee County back to being fiscally responsible and our wish is that the two governing boards, Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education, work together for the betterment of our kids and community.
Thank you again, Shawn.
Now Readers – it’s your turn to review his answers and comment.
Review the original questions in this post:
The questions are in italics below, Shawn’s responses are in blue:
I AM ANSWERING ALL QUESTIONS AS A SINGLE BOARD MEMBER WITH A SINGLE VOTE. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS MAY NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO, BUT SINCE YOU ASKED ME TO RESPOND I AM DOING IT TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.
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. Unfortunately you had received wrong information. The raises for some of the poeple in Central office had nothing to do with additional duties.
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? I would agree with you that all of the teachers in the system have done an extraordinary job in light of the different cut backs, and they have continued to move forward and our students have continued to grow in all areas.
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? We are concerned about all of the employees, but unfortunately we can’t give all employees raises.
In July 2010 the Board of Education approved all contracts with salary amounts. The Central Office salary schedule was presented to the Board for approval. In that decision it was decided to change the titles of two of the people in the Central Office from Directors to Associate Superintendents. With that title change it moved them up on the State Salary Schedule, but nothing came from local dollars. As for Dr. Moss it was the opinion of this Board Member that we had a good superintedent, and that we didn’t need for him to leave to go to another County. I think it is important that the key leader remains in place to give stability to an organization, especially if they are doing a good job. Lee County over the last few years have had several superintendents, and walking in the door as Chairman I wanted to make sure we had someone that would be with system for a while, and so that is why Dr. Moss had received a raise, and in 2011 he didn’t get any raise that year, so it was the mind to correct that.