MDUSD’s September “Good News” Letter

September 23, 2012 · 12 comments

Click on the MDUSD’s “good news” letter (pictured above) to read the rest!

1 confused September 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I don’t know what’s so good…they cut my hourly wage, my hours and my benefits…what’s so good about that?

2 Elwood September 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

MDUSD good news is an oxymoron.

3 Howard K Mullins III September 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

There is one piece of good news out of the MDUSD.

The Gary is not going to run again.

The rest of the news from the district is disappointing and depressing.

4 anon September 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM

There is no good news when school employees have to take another 15 furlough days without pay.

5 Hahayourefunny September 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I’m not well versed in the local school district dealings.. Of course all I do hear is angry mutters and grumbles about how royally screwed up it is… I want to know why, and what viable solutions are on the table? What are alternative avenues people can take to improve the situation? As someone who is working toward a single subject teaching credential these things are of great interest to me.

6 Mika September 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I hear you #1 Confused–Between furlough days and reduction in hours, I lost almost $4,000 a year. Now with having to pay medical benefits, I just lost another $400 a month in my take home pay. I am seeing all kinds of money being spent on Measure C facilities upgrades, improvements, but I guess someone overlooked the human element within the school. Lots of money being spent too on refreshments and meals for “meetings”. How do they swing that, they can spend money on meals but we can’t buy paper for our classrooms?

7 Anon September 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

When people are completely unhappy at their jobs or with their employers, they leave and find another job. How come the people who work for the district aren’t doing that? For those school employees here on Claycord, why are you just not moving on? This surely isn’t the only job available.

If my job totally sucked or my boss was a complete a-hole, I would be looking elsewhere. You only have one life to live. Why be completely miserable?

8 anon September 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Love how the link for free and reduced lunches doesn’t work. That program is so grossly abused! School officials are only allowed to randomly check 3% of applicants to verify eligibility. I have a hard time believing a local business owner driving two VERY expensive cars qualifies, yet, there they are, cheating the system!

9 Ridiculous September 23, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Anyone who got into education for the money or for the perks got into the wrong field. I work in the MDUSD because I know that I make a difference to my students. I live in this area and if as a community member I’m not willing to and try to make a positive change, who will? My three children are in this district and have had mostly positive experiences with teachers and principals. Most of the complainers on here are way off base. The district as a whole may be struggling, but students and schools are thriving in the midst of it.

@Mika, the Measure C funds can only be spent on facilities; people in this district don’t want to add to their taxes to pay for salaries. If you have a problem with not being paid enough, talk to you neighbors who won’t spend even $12 a month to contribute to public education.

If all of you who complain on here about the MDUSD spent HALF that time actually doing something positive for the district and its students, perhaps our district would change for the better.

@Anon, as corny and idealistic as it sounds, I became a teacher to make a difference, and I believe I do that. While I could make $20k more a year by switching districts, the students here need quality teachers who are concerned with more than a salary. I can’t speak for the other school employees on Claycord, but for me, I do it for the students.

10 Mac September 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

@ Anon When you have time put in, a good position, and you feel your doing a good job for your school.
It is tough to just start all over again at a new district.
Believe me i know, i was a supervisor (Head Custodian) at a middle school when they decided to drop all 16 positions.
And moving to another district (which i did) is harder then it sounds.
You lose a lot, and each district has different issues.

MDUSD has a lot of problems with their front office personal spending money.
And how they deal with daily problems.

But that doesn`t change the way you feel about the school your at.

I`ve been gone for a little over 3 years.
And i still look back at the school i was at.
And wish i was still there. (even tho, i`m at another school now)

So don`t think it`s just so easy to leave, and find another district. (it isn`t)

11 Change NOW September 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

MDUSD will only get better when it collapses of it’s own burdensome weight. The district needs to be dismantled and the schools need to go charter or to some sort of system that FORCES the staff, students, and parents to be ACCOUNTABLE. Then, AND only then will success and prosperity among all flourish.

12 momof4 September 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Ridiculous. It is an honor to be on the ‘same team’!! I too work for MDUSD and I have been visiting homes, talking with parents and many times taking students back to school in my car after they have been out of school for a long time. I LOVE my job as the I did on my first day nine years ago!! I have also been affected by the cuts, but it has not changed my work ethic. I put in more time than what I’m paid for because I am a mother and I would want the same help if that was my child. I do make a difference! No one notices but the student who gets back on track and believes he/she can be become a successful, respectful and honorable adult!! All of us adults have the responsibility to be role models for our younger generation for that it will be leading this country in the near future.

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