I am writing on behalf of the Florence city teachers and support personnel who have been shockingly silent. I have not seen or heard the public outcry I expected from the teachers, Florence Education Association or parents over the recent pay hikes awarded to the city superintendent and the CEO.
As a retired Florence city teacher, I have nothing to gain or lose by speaking out for these individuals who are first and foremost the reason for student achievement and success, which Janet Womack clearly claims she is all about.
Personally, I find this over-the-top pay hike disgusting, disgraceful and insulting due to the fact that teachers have gone uncompensated for five years while their out-of-pocket expenses (payroll deductions — which are not optional) — including insurance and retirement and instructional material and classroom supplies costs have increased — not to mention the financial pain and suffering we are all experiencing because of the current downward economic slump.
There is nothing fair, balanced or equitable about this picture. I am uncertain how it can be corrected, reversed and made right. I am sure if there is a will, there’s a way. Florence city school employees deserve better treatment by their hired supervisors and their elected officials who are responsible for this debacle.
Reaching No. 1 is a lofty goal and has been proven to be quite expensive for the citizens and taxpayers of Florence and possibly not even attainable. Let’s not put the cart before the horse. Improvement in student achievement has been documented.
This should be reflected in teacher and support personnel pay raises before any increase for the bosses.
Pay raises that surpass more than some employees earn annually is unacceptable.