spnorm wrote:A lot of talk about the 21% over 3 or 4 years, and how those of us in the "real world" don't get that. Around the same time that this was going on, I was working for a company (in the real world) that was having issues with high turnover and losing good employees. They did some research and found that they had not stayed competitive and were our of synch with current salary structures. Over a couple of years, they implemented some high percentage salary increases. .
Spnorm, this is clearly the exception to the rule and applies only in a field where demand out paces supply. This occurred in the eighties with the high tech bubble. Big demand for programmers and such but by the nineties, these same people were asking, "You want fries with that!"
I know people like our teachers but we must realize that these retirement benefits, the jobs for life and even our pay raises are all far beyond the average taxpayer paying for their salaries. Here are some facts :
According to the NH Dept of Ed stats for 2008-2009, the average teacher salaries was $50,128 among the 15,590 teachers in the state. The NH Dept or labor lists the state's average wage for that same period as $43,576 so my point of teachers making more than the taxpayers is clear. It should also be noted teachers work 180+ days per year (180-186 range) and six hour work days. They have the option of getting paid on a 10 month calendar instead of the 12 month we all work as many have summer jobs. Of course the extra income is not factored but if you base the wage on 10 months (and ignore all those lovely days off), you get a wage of $60,153.60. Of course we could go hourly and you get an hourly wage of $46,41 per hour. Now if you annualize that, it comes to the equivalent of $96,542.81 per year. Any of you hard working taxpayers out there making nearly 100K? Not likely, maybe some of our board members but that would explain why they are so out of touch and why they casually approve these salary increases.
Now as to class size, this is truly amazing, here are the stats from the NH Dept of Education as of 10/1/2008:
Merrimack had 4,206 students with 317.5 teachers (not sure where they come up with a .5 teacher!) for a teacher to student ratio of 13.2
Did I read that right?. I thought we were all worried about 40 kids in a class, 13.2, wow, now that is an eye opener!
Unfortunately, this is not unique to Merrimack, Nashua is 13.7, Milford 14, Litchfield 14.3 and New Boston 15.1
Merrimack must lead the way on getting sanity into the teaching process. I do not understand all the whinning about class sizes, either we have a lot of teachers not teaching or the class sizes are way too small. We now have 100 less students so that brings our teacher to student ratio at 12.9
Wow, 12.9At that level, you gotta be hearing the crickets in the class. When I went to school and looked around, I saw over 30 students in the elementary level, 35 in middle school and over 40 in high school.
12.9 across all grades, you gotta be kidding me! Something is wrong here, it appears we have way too many teachers.
Let's look to an average of 20 in a class (5 rows of kids with 4 in each row). A student to teacher ratio would reduce the number of teachers to 205.3. Now subtract that from the 317.5 teachers we now have and you get to give pink slips to 112.2 teachers.
Now that would save us hard working taxpayers a total of $5,624,361.60