- What rationale was used in determining peer districts and what factors play into making a district a peer of JCPS? (I have asked for this and was told it was all in the information presented
- What were the methodologies used for gathering data and comparing data from district to district? (Note, as of 4/28/16, I've been advised there isn't anything from the consultant other than what was presented Tuesday)
- How do these districts compare in terms of recruitment, retention, and overall compensation vs. JCPS?
- How do these districts compare in student population demographics to JCPS?
- How was the "Community Advisory Team" assembled and why were the individuals on it chosen? Was there no consideration given to including members of the community, staff, or teachers to provide input and ask questions?
- If attracting and keeping talented teachers and staff helps educate our children, how was it determined that "We're out of balance in favor of employees"?
- Is there sound strategy that indicates when establishing salaries and pay raises that you must be emulate and/or be below the pay structure of other districts?
- How will performance based pay be implemented, and is this in the works for teachers? In a district where staff and teachers are fearful of retaliation, how will JCPS ensure that performance based pay is used to truly measure performance and not as a method of instilling fear, intimidation, or retribution? What controls will be in place to make sure performance measures can't be manipulated?
- What is the plan for any savings realized by this plan? Where will this money be going?
- Former board member Debbie Wesslund raised many questions in regard to the state audit which played a part in triggering this analysis. How is this salary audit being used to address the concerns of the state audit, and were the issues mentioned by Ms Wesslund factored into the actions taken post audit, including this salary study?
Last night's JCPS board meeting introduced a salary comparison study (documents here) done by an outside consultant and reviewed by a "Community Advisory Team" that determined that JCPS was overcompensating employees, including teachers. This study was done in response to an audit done by previous Kentucky Auditor, Adam Edelen. In looking over the presentation and the data, I have several questions:
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