Sunday, August 7, 2011

Should the BOE give Dr. Lathan a $10,000 bonus?

I guess it would depend up on if she met the goals that were set previously by the board. In early July, WMBD 31 obtained part of Dr. Lathan's contract, after filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA revealed:

"...the superintendent must evaluate student performance on standardized tests, curriculum, and attendance and drop-out rates.

The district's school board made changes to the contract at its meeting last month. At the time, the district would not release what specific changes were made.

She must also report to the school board and make any changes she sees necessary. The report must include goal and student achievements required by school code."

Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Grenita Lathan may be awarded $10,000 by the school board. Lathan's contract allows for a performance bonus of up to $10,000 each year based on goals agreed to between the superintendent and the board. The board Monday is being asked to approve the maximum bonus for the 2010-2011 school year. Lathan makes a base salary of $198,000 a year. Source

8 comments:

Sharon Crews said...

Terry Knapp has asked Dr. Lathan questions about this situation several times. First of all, I believe the contract stated that she was to have a mentor for the first year (who was to be paid the $10,000)and then for the next four years, th board would vote on whether or not to give her the $10,000 performance-based bonus.

Finally, she informed all at a board meeting (the one at Glen Oak, I believe) that she had gotten a free mentor from the state of Illinois.

As I recall, I did FOIA to find out who the mentor was and how often he/she provided services. I believe the data was "not available."

I am not positive as to whether or not Dr. Lathan had the option to take the $10,000 for herself if she didn't need a mentor. Also, I thought I recalled reading that out-of-state superintendents were obligated to have a mentor--won't swear to that.

Therefore, I believe she should have had a mentor--but I'm sure the board will give her the $10,000.

Anonymous said...

REALLY....check the test scores....REALLY!!!!

Anonymous said...

Did you say test scores?

Preliminary results from the Illinois State Board of Education, leaked to PeoriaStory show that only four public schools made adequate yearly progress, as shown in test scores.

They are Calvin Coolidge Middle School, Charter Oak Primary School, Northmoor-Edison Primary School, and Washington Gifted Middle School. Hines, Kellar and Lindbergh made AYP in math but not in reading.

Anonymous said...

Really? Any one who follows Dist. 150 knows they will give Dr. L, the money. They are like lemmings, they will follow her over the cliff. She will get the money. Speaking of the money, why would she need a small amount of money like 10 grand. What a joke. Isn't she getting like 250K? That extra 10k could go along somewhere else, and I wish someone would give me 10k to do my job, hell I don't even get a thanks.

Anonymous said...

You don't get a thanks? Perhaps you work for District 150?! Sorry...couldn't resist! :)

Anonymous said...

They should take that 10 grand and apply it to the mounting legal bills...

Anonymous said...

According to this page:
http://www.psd150.org/Page/445
Ungurait is still the Associate Sup- maybe she should get the raise.

Anonymous said...

What if she took the $10,000 earned bonus and stated the following...in response to what the teachers union leader stated, "the district needs to begin saving today for what the teachers will deserve in three years". It "costs" her now, but the message speaks to the shared sacrifice yet to come.......