I am so tired of people who don’t do a cost-benefit study before advancing government reorganization proposals.
There was Jack Franks, who bragged at the savings of allowing townships to take over township cemetery districts.
Yes, there would be some savings–whatever the cemetery trustees are paid.
But, the other expenses would remain the same.
Hardly reason for a press release.
See 6-25-16 article “Looking for the Beef in Jack Franks’ Latest Consolidation Bill.”
Or consider the McHenry County Board Committee which could not quantify savings to consolidating townships.
What other purpose could such a committee serve than to identify such savings.
Now comes Bruce Rauner primary opponent State Rep. Jeannie Ives proposing that all grade and high school districts be forced to merge into unit districts. That’s in the Daily Herald article referenced below:
If elected governor, state Rep. Jeanne Ives would push to consolidate school districts, she says, telling the Daily Herald editorial board it’s a way to save money and eliminate waste. But she also called for downsizing Elgin Area Unit District 46. Full Story
As Governor Pat Quinn said, there would not have to be as many administrative officials.
$20 million in savings on supervisory personnel.
But, as Quinn ignored and Ives apparently does not realize, such mergers would result in salary increases for elementary and junior high teachers that would greatly exceed any administrative savings.
So, here again is the cost-benefit study I conducted when Quinn made his proposal.
The numbers will have changed, but not the logic.
And the logic says that the larger number of grade school teachers would result in the new unit district union being controlled by elementary and middle school teachers.
No way they are going to settle for having lower salaries than the much higher paid high school teachers.
Here’s my article from days past:
Governor Pat Quinn thinks that consolidating schools will save big money because fewer administrators would be required.
Reading the Daily Herald article, I notice that no mention is made of equalizing up elementary school teacher salaries to the level paid by the overlying high school districts.
All Quinn mentions is saving $100 million in administrative costs. That’s well under one-half of one percentage of what’s spent on schools in Illinois.
Pretty much peanuts, in other words.
The Northwest Herald has bought into the argument, also incorrectly assume that consolidating hundreds of school districts in Illinois will save big money.
“… there’s no good reason why towns such as Cary, Crystal Lake and McHenry should have separate elementary and high school districts.”
That’s what the Northwest Herald wrote Thursday. (Look quickly. Soon you will have to pay to see it.)
Might I suggest that a salary comparison be made?
Look what took me less than ten minutes to find.
High school salaries in District 155 are higher than those in Crystal Lake Grade School District 47, Cary Grade School District 26 and Prairie Grade School District 46.
Let me list them:
- Crystal Lake District 155 – $91,573 (412 teachers)
- Cary District 26 – $68,489 (198 teachers)
- Fox River Grove 3 – $60,507 (41 teachers)
- Prairie Grove District 46 – $59,840 (68 teachers)
- Crystal Lake District 47 – $57,788 (564 teachers)
The weighted average of grade school teachers in the three districts is $60,505.
The difference between the average weighted elementary school salary and the District 155 High School teacher’s average salary of $91,573 is $31,066.
Let’s do some multiplication.
First, let’s estimate. You know, what grade school students are taught to do.
What’s $31,000 times 900?
Hey, that’s over $25 million.
The exact figure is $27,058,486 my calculator says and it didn’t take tens of thousands of dollars paid to some Northern Illinois professors to figure that out.
So, let’s be rational and assume no teacher would be willing to take a pay cut and all grade school teachers would want to be put on the same salary schedule now enjoyed by area high school teachers.
Looking at these figures, it is hard to believe they would not expect an average raise of $31,000 if consolidation were to occur.
Now, I’ll admit that I have not made detailed comparisons to take into account the longevity bonus that high and grade school teachers get.
Maybe after making such adjustments the raise for unifying the pay schedules wouldn’t average over $31,000 a grade school teacher.
Pick your number and multiply it by 871.
Then, compare that mid-$20-some million number with the $100 million statewide savings that Quinn projects in savings from unneeded administrators.
Anyone think the savings by getting rid of redundant administrators within the Crystal Lake-Cary-Fox River Grove-Prairie Grove area would approach $25 million?
So why is the Governor proposing something that is going to cost every part of the state with both high and grade school districts big money?
Would I be being too cynical to suggest that Quinn may be trying to reward Illinois Education Association members who supported his re-election?
Would anyone think Illinois union leaders would let teachers in the same unified district be on two different pay scales?
The IEA Uniserve Directors would be knocking at school administrators’ doors the day after a merger. Maybe before.
Proof is how teacher unions won’t allow a consolidated school district to use even two different pay scales.
The elementary physical education teacher that teaches kindergarten P.E. classes is on the same pay scale as the high school math and science teachers.
Only in editorial and Quinn Fantasy Land unions would be helping to save money.
The result would be teachers hearing the sound of “Ca Ching!”
Years later you would likely read editors bemoaning how this couldn’t have been foreseen.
But that’s what collective bargaining will bring if all school districts are shoved into the unit district mold.
It will be the result of collective bargaining. You know, what the fight in Madison, Wisconsin, is all about.
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- 3-12-11 AP Finally Figures Out Quinn’s School Consolidation Plan Will Raise Local Taxes Because of Increased Grade School Teachers’ Salaries (with link to Northwest Herald’s endorsement of the idea)
- 6-20-16 Considering Consolidation of High School District 155 with Feeder Grade Schools (analysis by Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffey)