The Reynoldsburg School Board and Superintendent are playing fast and loose with the taxpayer’s dollars. According to an analysis of the district’s contracts with Huffmaster, yesterday’s wasted day of education cost Reynoldsburg residents at least $375,000. This cost includes all of the planning and preparation leading up to the chaotic day along with the cost of paying the “teachers” who, according to numerous reports, performed poor-quality babysitting services.
By contrast, and according to teacher salary data reported by the district to ODE for last year, the typical one-day cost of teacher salaries is less than $110,0oo. At less than 1/3 of the cost the district spent on yesterday’s fiasco, the school board could have conducted business as usual by settling the contract, adopting policies that will improve the teaching and learning environment, and avoiding more exceedingly expensive fees for completely wasted days.
The fees paid to Huffmaster are as yet incomplete, too, as some expenses, such as “actual travel” and “actual expenses” remain to be calculated. In addition, our analysis does not even include travel or housing expenses for those “teachers” who have been brought in from out of town and are staying two-to-a-room, a cost that is accrued throughout the weekend nights.
Our analysis of the daily cost of the contract for just the school days alone comes in at just over $231,000, over twice the daily rate of settling the strike and putting Reynoldsburg’s REAL teachers back in front of the students.
This excessive and unnecessary waste of the Reynoldsburg community’s precious tax dollars (along with state tax dollars, by the way), is a direct result of the Superintendent’s unwillingness to put the interest of the children first.
The Reynoldsburg administration, meanwhile, would have you believe that expenses are not a problem by posting the following information on the district website:
This affects EVERY Reynoldsburg resident, not just those with children in the schools. EVERY Reynoldsburg taxpayer should be appalled by the this appalling waste of school funds. It is in the interest of EVERY member of the Reynoldsburg community to urge the school board and superintendent to put an end to this strike. While the latest contract proposal by the Reynoldsburg Education Association actually cost the district less than the board’s latest offer, the school board decided to walk away and implement the contract with Huffmaster at over twice the daily cost.
Daily salary for a high quality educator in each classroom:
Daily cost of Huffmaster consultants, security, & “teachers”:
Is this what the Reynoldsburg community wants? Is this a part of the Superintendent’s fiscally-responsible plan?
Feel free to contact the leaders of the school board’s negotiations team:
Andrew Swope, Board President
(614) 864-1175 (home)
(614) 882-8297 (work)
Elaine Tornero, Board Vice President
(614) 759-9735 (home)
Reynoldsburg Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning
If you’re concerned about the safety of your children, you might consider contacting the Huffmaster’s Reynoldsburg lead directly: