I am sure Lamar R-1 Superintendent Mike Resa made some of his hard working teachers happy with his comments from today's Joplin Globe story.
The article, which concerned last Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, talked about a question asked by new board member Michelle Crockett, who wanted to know why extra duty pay for coaches was being increased, while the same thing was not being done for teachers who work with students involved in other extracurricular activities.
According to the article, Resa said he had "made the decision to raise the stipends for coaches so that the district could be competitive with other schools in recruiting coaches."
I doubt that if that answer satisfied Mrs. Crockett. It sure as heck didn't satisfy me.
Though I am probably running afoul of every sports fanatic in The Turner Report's readership, I stress emphatically: This is what is wrong with education today.
Don't get me wrong. I love school sports. I wrote more than 3,000 sports stories during my newspaper days, including more than 1,000 Sports Talk columns, but don't tell me that this is the kind of message that should be sent to teachers who pretty much donate their time to work with students in academic-oriented extracurricular activities.
In most cases, these teachers only receive a couple of hundred dollars, compared to the four-figure stipends received by coaches. I love it administrators say they would rather increase the extra-duty pay of coaches (who already receive more) than add a few dollars to teachers who handle Student Council or Math League or Academic Bowl, and then they wonder why the teachers don't love them for the fine human beings that they are.
Continuing on the same general subject, many people don't realize that a large number of teachers, especially those with less than five years of experience, do not get paid a cent for the extra duty work they do, especially at smaller schools. After five years, Missouri teachers become eligible for the state's Career Ladder program (if their schools are paying a portion of it, which many don't). At that point, quite a few school boards and administrators in this area are content to let the teachers get paid for working with students on extracurricular academic activities through that program, while they continue to make sure that athletics are fully funded through the regular school budget.