Claremont COURIER/Saturday, May 26, 2012
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Inflated superintendent salary
Dear Editor:I was surprised when I read the highsalary for Claremont’s newly selected su-perintendent of schools—$218,000—which amounts to more than 3 times the$68,397 that the average teacher in Clare-mont makes.Further, in this era of budget cuts andlayoffs, where salaries have remained flatfor most superintendents and teachers inthis state, I was again taken aback by theattached benefit in his employment con-tract that promises a 3.5 percent raise foreach consecutive year of service (based onan annual vote by our local school board).I did some further investigation and,while Claremont teachers’ salaries runvery close to what is our state average,our new superintendent’s salary is con-siderably higher. California superintend-ent salaries average at about $159,000annually.In 2010, for instance, nearby ChaffeyJoint Union High School District’s super-intendent made $172,198, substantiallyless, even though his district is 3 times thesize of Claremont Unified School District,with 942 teachers compared to Clare-mont’s 305.Early this year, I was heartened when aClaremont school board member ac-knowledged in the Claremont COURIERthat there is a serious crisis in value in Cal-ifornia’s public schools—that the qualityof education is being compromised byteacher layoffs, bigger classes, programsthat have been cut; California is now 50thin the nation in terms of class size, 46th interms of spending per pupil.So, I just don’t understand why we con-tinue to vote in pay raises for upper man-agement.
Protecting the children
Dear Editor:In regards to the situation at Sumner El-ementary School, I cannot believe amother would put her children throughsuch a terrible ordeal. My heart goes outto them.When I was at school, things like thishappened and in a couple of days youmoved on and forgot about it. Now thosepoor kids have to go to school every dayknowing that everyone knows aboutthem. Talk about cruel and unusual pun-ishment.In my opinion, School PrincipalD’Emilio did exactly the right thing. Heput the children’s welfare first. He knewhow awful it would be for them.I don’t blame the school board, theywere only doing what the lawyers toldthem to do, and I admire Steven Llanusafor standing up.The mother should apologize to Princi-pal D’Emilio—and the children—for allthe harm she has done and beg the schoolboard to reconsider.
The emotional fragility of children
Dear Editor:I want to voice my support for Mr.D’Emilio in the case of the ClaremontUnified School District’s unjust and un-fair actions against him. I feel that the ac-tions taken by Mr. D’Emilio were entirelyappropriate in the case of these veryyoung children—a 7-year-old girl beingaccused of being a child molester? Exceptfor not reporting to DCFS, most of uswould not think of a pre-puberty/pre-ado-lescent girl as a sexual molester.Mr. D’Emilio’s response was not “im-moral or unprofessional.” His response re-flected his understanding of the fragilityof the emotions of very young children.I knew Mr. D’Emilio when he was thekindergarten teacher for my granddaugh-ter at Sycamore School. I took her to hisclass every morning and sat in the back of the room with several of the parents. Hewas an excellent teacher, all while creat-ing a very pleasant classroom atmosphere.One irate mother should not control theschool board’s actions and decisions to thedetriment of Claremont's future students.I am a retired teacher.
Jake Bartman, reporter
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