Bay Co. School Brd. Members Cut Own Salaries

By: Kristy Wolski Email
By: Kristy Wolski Email

Bay County School Board Members voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to take a 2% cut in their salaries. They all agreed to wait and see how serious of a hit the District ends up taking, and then consider further decreasing their salaries.
According to Bay District's Chief Financial Officer Jess Snyder the extra money will stay in the general fund. This change will take effect on July 1, with the new budget year.

"If we're going to ask our people to take a hit which we know is coming. We should be the ones who help be the example, show the example and us take a hit and from there we go to our people," said Donna Allen, Bay County School Board Member.

"I admire you for doing that because I know what Tallahassee has done, and they make a heck of a lot more money then you guys," said Bill Husfelt, Bay County School Superintendent.

"What we're doing our best to do is stop the bleeding here as much as possible so there should be no concern at this point. We're going to do everything we can to stay out of those classrooms and out of those teacher's pockets," said Ginger Littleton, Bay Co. School Board Member.

This is not the only hot topic that came up Wednesday. Several people spoke during the public hearing against the proposed cuts to middle school sports. Under the plan, wrestling, softball and boys and girls swimming and tennis will all be eliminated next school year to save money.

"I've never heard a child say 'I'm going to under perform so I can't play that particular sport because I'm not going to achieve the grades. Kids in sports stay engaged, they stay out of crime and they have better grade point averages," said Dr. Tim Moriarty, a Bay County resident in support of middle school athletics.

"If you take this sport away from me you are taking the opportunity not only from me but from any other first year wrestlers. Let us continue wrestling for our schools and developing school pride. Thank you for listening and go mustangs," said one Mowat Middle School wrestler.

Dr. Moriarty is going to head up a group to raise money in an effort to save middle school sports. They'll be working with the booster programs at all of the schools and plan to hold fundraisers. Dr. Moriarty can be reached at his office at (850) 872-0502.


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  • by Susan Location: Lynn Haven on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Robin- I am speechless. I cannot possibly think of a WORSE idea! CRAZINESS!! I don't think that is a viable option, and if you do, keep YOUR kids at home. "Teach our kids skills such as cleaning restrooms??" Umm, what a horrible, stereotypical idea! I don't agree with most of the things the school board is doing, but times are tough. It's very hard to please everyone, and I can only hope that the board is trying their best to help the most students. I, for one, would NOT like to pay for public education, as our tax dollars are for this purpose. I also REFUSE to label and stereotype CHILDREN into what one person might think their skills should be. Take a tylenol and get back on the rational train!
  • by bee Location: Panama City on Mar 12, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    The 2% pay cut equals the annual 'step' raise that would kick in on July 1. So, in reality, the board's salary will not decrease at all. It will remain the same...unlike the staff of Bay District Schools!!!! Many will be without jobs come the end of this school year- but the new 'reorganizational chart' will create new (higher paying) positions for the chosen few. Some things just never change, huh??
  • by Rose on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Wonderful idea to eliminate the after school programs. I'm sure it will have a positive effect on the students and the community. Sarcasm aside, don't they see they are hurting the children, which should be their #1 priority?
  • by Laughing in PC on Mar 11, 2009 at 10:35 PM
    Considering the budgeted salary for each of the five board members was approx. $32,896 in 2007-2008, and they have outside business (two examples: Mr. Neeves with his Neves Media Productions company and Pat Sabiston with her business The Write Place), it is LAUGHABLE that not only Mr. Husfelt praises each of these board members for taking a 2% paycut, but they have the audacity to say they are leading by example. Based on this evidence, I can only assume that their Board salary is not their sole source of income, while the same cannot be said for most BISD teachers. Altogether, their 2% paycut probably saved the district less than $3,500 which is but a drop in the ocean of the BISD budget. What a slap to the face of the teachers and the public who were fed this hogwash. Pat yourselves on the back Board members. You deserve it! This story lets each of them prop themselves up like they are doing such a wonderful deed. LAUGHABLE!!!!
  • by Sam on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:45 PM
    Though I admire the thought of a paycut, I think a 2% cut exclusively for the board is an insult to the public and is laughable, considering the number of teachers who will lose their jobs. 2% for the entire BISD payroll is something to think about, but 2% for the Board alone isn't a drop in the bucket.
  • by Robin Location: Panama City on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:42 PM
    The only way that schools today are going to survive is that you charge people to attend all schools, including the public ones. With the problems people are having keeping kids in school, if parents have to pay, they will be more attendtive to the need. If a child doesn't go to school, then they would be bussed to a place that offers them work skills to meet their intellegence, like cleaning up public restrooms at parks, cleaning up the parks, cleaning trash from around the towns and beach area, garbage landfill work, all the jobs that uneducated children would end up doing anyway, and not allow them to ever be on disability, food stamps or welfare if they do not complete high school. Take better charge, this is all stupid. Punish the people trying to help when parents and their children don't care, make them care, CHARGE THEM TO ATTEND SCHOOL!! MAKE PARENTS PAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION OR STAY AT HOME WITH THEM. And yes, I am a parent of two. And mine also attended here.
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