|HoLa's Executive Director Sargent pays herself a six-figure salary + bennies|
This one is curious.
Why does a school viewed as successful, whose students perform well have a such a low teacher retention rate?
Employees- especially teachers, who are happy, well-treated and well-compensated tend to stay in their jobs. GA says "especially" teachers, because we all can agree one doesn't get rich in a classroom; teaching is a calling, a labor of love. My mother taught in a NYC public school for 35 years before she retired.
So why did 5 out of 30 teachers leave the expanding HoLa Dual Language School after the 2013-2014 academic year? That is an 83% retention rate.
Comparatively, Elysian Charter reported a 96% teacher retention rate.
According to 2015 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending, the year that 5 teachers decided to leave HoLa, 2013-2014, they paid their teachers a median salary of $26,790.
That year, teachers at Elysian Charter were paid a median salary of $71,902.
|2015 Taxpayers Guide to Education Spending- HoLa Dual Language|
It's management's job to incentivize staff, to hold onto them- especially teachers.
Advice to HoLa's Board: before you try to undermine the Hoboken School Board, sponsor frivolous ethics complaints, and spend time attacking our district, why don't you clean up the mess in your own backyard?
Maybe you can be better stewards of your funds so you can pay your teachers what they deserve?