Friday, December 8, 2017

Edison Board of Mythomania - Staffing Salaries - 2017-18 & other Thingies!

Just received the current staffing salary file for the 2017-18 school year. It has a staffing level of 2,009 with total dollars of $135,059,981. Recognize that these files are a snapshot in time and the staffing levels are fluid, as they should be, and are always changing.

All the more reason why the Board needs to start reporting monthly the changes in heads and dollars against their budget. It's not good enough just to report the additions, deletions, etc every month with no comparison to what was budgeted. That's how they avoid showing the Staffing 'Shell Game' that goes on over there on Mythomania Lane. You know, that's when they add non-budgeted heads during the year but they don't disclose it and you don't see it in their budgets.

For the ga-zillionth time, the Board needs to start reporting their monthly changes in staffing levels in dollars and heads against the budget.

Be that as it may, here's a summary of the staffing file mentioned above. The file is by name, location, department, title and salary. I just put it in a table format that you can sort to see the data by any of those  categories. Also, put together some summaries so you can get a perspective on the data provided.

Here's a summary of the salary ranges:

Here's a summary by Department with the amounts broken down by mean, median, high & low salaries:

Here's the Top 25 Salaries from a sortable table:

Here's a pivot table that can also be sorted to see the data at any level you wish to see:

These tables are are in Excel format and if anyone wants to have them, just drop me a note and you're welcome to them.

Moving on - the Board of Mythomania Goals for 2017-18 and, hence, Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's Performance Merit Goals.

Here's the Board Goals for the 2017-18 School Year:

Never been much of a fan of these Board Goals since they always seem to be less than meaningful and somewhat sophomoric considering the issues facing the school district. For example, look at the above 3 goals for 2017-18. There's only one quantitative goal and that's arguably not the most pressing academic issue facing the school district. And, look at the other two goals, which are qualitative and with no way to really measure them - they can pretty much do anything and make those goals.

And seriously, 'to actively address the overcrowding?' Geez, that's been a major problem for years and and they're now just getting around to addressing it? Maybe Señor O'Malley can call on the architects and engineers and put together a plan and get a bonus for it to boot! Hey, don't laugh, he got a bonus for his purchasing acumen by $pending some $4 million on laptops.

Seriously, it's long-overdue - a practical, cost-efficient, cogent and meaningful plan that addresses the entire district's overcrowding needs to be put together and needs to include all the stakeholders in the development and bond referendum process.

Finally, 'to improve communications and understanding with the Edison Public School Community'..blah..blah..blah - ever notice these feel good surveys only include parents, students and staff (the captive audience) and never include the stakeholder that pays all the bills, the taxpayers?

As for Señor O'Malley's Merit Bonus for the 2017-18 School Year. Looks like based on his current contract, his Max bonus will be around $25,421 or 12% of his current salary of $212,344. Not quite sure how they'll break down that $25,421 into %'s for the above 3 Merit Goals but hey, does it matter? They might just as well cut him a check now with these Performance Merit Goals!

Anyhoo, let's hope the 2017-18 School Year is the year that we finally deal with the overcrowding in the school district. We really need to get our priorities in order over there on Mythomania Lane and stop shortchanging the kids.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Jersey teacher median salaries - 2016-17

Someone just pointed out this article here in - 'The Top 3 N.J. school districts in each county that pay teachers the most.'

It states that the median salary among New Jersey teachers was $66,117 in 2016-17, up from $64,550 the previous year. It also states there is a wide disparity across the state ranging from as low as $43,911 to as high as $105,650, according to annual data from the state Department of Education.

It has some nice graphics and rankings breaking down the data and you should check it out.

Went to the NJ DOE website and downloaded the data file from the Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending (indicator 16) and excerpted just the median salary numbers.

Looks like here in Downtown Edison - we come in at # 3 in the state and # 1 in the County in median salary.

Here's the Top 25 Median Salary School Districts in the State:
And here's Middlesex County:
Anyhoo, the Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending has some interesting data in it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

'Deputy-Dog' Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro Remembering the 'Good Old Spadoro Days' - what a Guy?!?

Ah, who can forget the 'Good Old Days' in Downtown Edison when 'Deputy-Dog' Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro was For Mayor Spadoro using $10 million in surplus to limit the Muni-Budget tax-hike before the election only to be Against it after Spadoro lost the election.

And, let's not forget paying $5.6 million for some dirt and a mud puddle!

Good comeback though from Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4% but Won't Debate' ChoiLankey.

Ah, the 'Good Old Days' - thanks for the memories Charlie!?!

Source: Edison TV - Excerpt from the Rabbit Greens Community Park Press Conference - 10-28-17

Anyhoo, just a thought for Señor Lankey - just like he needs to carry Snicker Bars in his pocket when he's with Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak, he should avoid being around whenever Charlie speaks!?!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas in Edison 2017 - Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!

Christmas in Downtown Edison – 2017

Twas’ a month before Christmas and those sly little elves,
 Edison’s Mayor Lankey & Super O’Malley again labored to benefit themselves.
Now up to 15.4% and 20.0% in tax hikes during their reign,
one via Dem-Party Oligarchy and the other a Leadership wane.

One wins reelection by not debating his dubious record and hiding away,
and the other tries to sneak in a new employment contract before election day.
Not remotely caring a wit what the People might think,
they again advance their own agendas in spite of the stink.

One has a Council that voted in all his tax increases without exception,
and the other a Board that Leads from so far behind that they’ve lost direction.
If campaigns are about winning and if this past one is any indication,
then gutter-level, self-serving governing is certainly the disconcerting implication .

And putting their thumbs to the tips of their noses while laughing at You and Me,
Lankey and the Dem-Party Oligarchy gets another four years so undeservedly.
And O’Malley gets another shot at extending his employment contract early,
without any public discussion or support by the Board of why it should be .

They’re not concerned about disrespecting the public per se,
dubious transparency, misinformation and misdirection is their Ruling way.
Lankey knew that not debating and hiding from Hahn was his only way to win,
and O’Malley knew any change and his Safe-Haven contract hits the garbage bin.

So while we all scratch our heads and say What the Hey!,
Lankey gets to do it to you again and O’Malley gets the same Board to play.
And then there’s ‘Deputy-dog’ Charlie ‘I Abstain’ Tomaro winning yet again,
proving even with19.3% in County tax hikes you still think he’s your friend.

In this season of giving, Lankey & O’Malley will again be on the take,
Lankey continuing without any checks and balances remains a big mistake.
And O’Malley with the same Board over on Mythomania Lane back,
Is Happy that his Safe-Haven contract is safely back on track.

If in this feeling I’m not alone,
take up your pen or pick up the phone.
Let Lankey & O’Malley know that true leaders pave the way,
and Not Disrespect the People of Edison with the games that they play.

Elections do have consequences here in Downtown Edison,
so I hope You’ll again enjoy opening Your purse and taking Your medicine.
And I heard them exclaim with another year under hand,

Merry Christmas to Edison, and let all the People yet again be Scammed!?!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Edison Board of Mythomania Nov. 20th meeting - from the Unsavory Campaign to Vote of No Confidence in the Administration!?!

Well, that was an interesting meeting. We had comments on the, most assuredly, unsavory campaign for the open seats decided on Nov. 7th.

Also, they had a motion from Mr. Brescher, seconded by Mrs. Ward for Vote of No Confidence in the Administration concerning some pending litigation. The Vote was 4 No, 2 Yes and 1 Abstention - so it failed.

Watch the meeting and see for yourself what happened:

Anyhoo, here's a thought - move the election back to April. Rather have the right to vote on the bloated buckets of money they call a School Budget then to put up with all the negativity that comes with campaigning for a November election. Never was a good idea to move it.

As I understand it, it can moved back to April some time in 2018 (post moratorium) by either the Board, the Edison Council or the People of Edison by Petition. Something to seriously consider.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today's Election Results - here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison!

Well, the People of Edison have Spoken and congratulations to all the winners.

Hope you're ready for four more years of the same. Can't say you didn't have an opportunity for change this time around.

A Big Kudos to Keith Hahn for Standing up Front to Señor Lankey's Oligarchy and A Big Pinnochio to Señor Lankey for Hiding Behind it, just so he could win! Kinda shows you something about the two.

Here's the unofficial results by District for Mayor, Council and Board of Education from the Middlesex County Live Election Results website as of 10:47 PM on November 7, 2017:

If anyone wants this file to see the results for each District and Mail-in Votes, just drop me a note - you're welcome to it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Geez, almost forgot - Please Remember to Vote For Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro on Nov. 7th!?!

He's really, really really counting on You!

So he can do it to You again for another 4-Years!

Anyhoo, how would he know that the County promised Less than 1% tax hike this year turned out to be 4.1% - he's just the 'Deputy Dog?!?'

County Tax increases from Edison Property Tax Bills - 2006 to 2017: