Sunday, June 3, 2012

Board of Mythomania's Super Performance Bonus Criteria

Well, according to the performance bonus agreement between the Board and Super Dr. Richard "Build the Trust" O'Malley, he is eligible for a bonus for the 2011-12 school year. Though his employment contract clearly includes eligibility for performance bonus up to 2%, it's not quite clear whether he is eligible for that performance bonus in 2011-12. Still awaiting clarification of his eligibility in 2011-12 from the school district.

Continuing on, according to this bonus agreement, he is eligible for a maximum bonus of 2% of salary. It is based on the Board of Mythomania's goals set for the 2011-12 school year. Any bonus paid will not become part of regular compensation and Super O'Malley's performance will be reviewed by the Board President and approved by a majority of the board.

Some more particulars - any amount allotted (up to 2% of salary) for a bonus will be based on the achievement of seven (7) board goals. Half of the bonus (50%) is allotted to the improving four (4) results on NJ ASK for third-graders and eight-graders (decreasing %'s scoring at partially proficient and increasing %'s scoring at advanced proficient). Each of the four results is weighted equally at 25%. The other half of the bonus (50%) is allotted to the achievement of three (3) other board goals (establishing a public education fund, setting a facilities plan & timetable and expanding community outreach to residents & businesses) . Each of these 3 goals is weighted equally at 33%.

So, what do we have here? Each of the NJ ASK results are worth 12.5% of the money allotted for a performance bonus and each of the other board goals are worth 16.6% of the money. Guess it's possible that they can fail miserably on the testing results but send out a few surveys to find out what you think about public education in Downtown Edison - and Super O'Malley still gets some of that bonus money!

Seriously now, can these goals be any more general or vague? What does decreasing or increasing testing score %'s mean? Does one-gizillionth of 1% qualify? And what's with those other 3 board goals. I could qualify for those and I don't work there!

Sadly, why does the board pass along all their board goals on to the Super? Clearly, I recognize that the board sets the policies and the Super runs the school district but don't you think that that board should have some goals inherent to their role - like board oversight?

This is one silly set of performance indicators. But hey, what do I know, I still can't figure out the criteria difference between a 2% raise and 2% performance bonus for O'Malley over there on Mythomania Lane.

Anyhoo, there's a file that includes a performance bonus calculator as well as the performance bonus agreement and the board's goals for the 2011-12 school year. Anyone who wants the file, just let me know:

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