BOE Meeting Public Comment
Aug 19, 2014
Jennifer Robertson, Parent
In 2012, the 6 of 8 high school schedule was proposed by the district and approved by the BOE as a way to save 3.6 million dollars per year.
In addition, cuts were made to middle schools, the sick bank was terminated, and capital needs were neglected.
For the next 2 fiscal years, the district spent at least 11 million dollars to fund the development of the new Pay for Performance framework, which includes InspirEd and Assessments.
On several occasions, the district revealed intentions to license this product to other districts. As an IT project manager, I can tell you that it’s typically much more expensive to create a commercial software product than to create software that is used in house.
DCSD is not a software company, and the taxpayers are not willing investors in the development of a commercial software product. In fact, in 2011, taxpayers rejected bonds [one bond and one mill levy] that included language to develop a new pay for performance system.
This year, the development cost for this software product will continue to rise, as some of our high school students remain on the 6 of 8 schedule.
It’s time to rethink the priorities and put our students first.
DCSD Statement of Work with Educational Measures (June 17, 2013) See section 6 (license and ownership) –Available by request.
Pay For Performance Cost Breakdwon
Kevin Larsen Candidate Survey (from TFPE)
Note on Mr. Larsen’s response to question #2 he states, “enables us to implement a key reform initiative in Pay for Performance”
BoE Presentation January 17 2012
See page 19 showing the potential savings of $3.6million.
May 1, 2012 BOE Powerpoint
See page 5 which links the $3.6million with Site Based Budget (SBB) reduction.