More Than $57,000 in Savings

MEDFORD, Ore. — Since the teachers are not going to work, the district is not paying them, which amounts to about $57,000 a day in savings.

The district is not spending any extra money on the cost of responding to the strike and here on day two of the strike, they have a half a million dollars of savings, but that’s without paying any subs yet.

“But there are other costs to our community, too,” said Superintendent Dr. Phil Long. “One: school is disrupted for 2% of Oregon’s public school kids, the 12,500 that are in our schools here. The other cost is that parents have to arrange child care, it impacts their work and the third part is just that broken promise that we would provide a full year of school for kids.”

The district created a non-strike versus strike cost comparison, showing how much it expects to spend for substitutes, meals, lodging, transportation…some subs are even flying in to do the work. The comparison is pictured below.

Medford Strike Cost Comparison


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  1. Kristina says:

    Where’s the quality though. Yeas of experience? Our teachers vs Subs. Most subs are subs for a reason. Something’s are worth the extra money. People pay for quality child care even though I’m sure they could get cheep daycare from someone without any experience. There’s nothing more important then knowing our children are being well cared for. I’m very disappointed in the school district. Give the teachers there retirement. They earned it! I would never do there job for what your offering.

    1. Kate says:

      “Most subs are subs for a reason.” That there are 200-300 applicants per vacancy, maybe?

  2. Lucy says:

    Yeah Phil, you and the board are the experts when it comes to “not fulfilling the promise,” aren’t you? Crock of crap! Get in there and negotiate with the teachers!

  3. DC says:

    The only way the district is saving money in this scenario is the fact that they are replacing only half the teachers with subs. Not sure who the district is trying to fool here? If you use their numbers, it sure doesn’t look like they’re saving money. The subs cost 816.33 per day, the teachers cost 517.50. So that looks like subs are costing 298.83 PER DAY more than MEA. Now, if they actually hired 585 subs (to replace all the teachers) at that rate it would cost 89,649 PER DAY more than what MEA is currently paid. That’s from their numbers in the above article. It also shows that (if you do the math) teachers make 98,325/yr., but that is an estimate (according to the district). I think that is a very inflated estimate. How do you not know how much money you are actually spending on salaries? I mean, W-2s were just sent out, it should be pretty easy. It makes you wonder if they don’t know salary numbers, what else don’t they know. Or, want us to know about. I think there is a huge mismanagement problem here. So, back to numbers. If subs are about 300/day more than MEA is currently, that means the district has the money to spend on current teachers or hire more to help reduce class sizes. They even have a line in their comparison for overtime. I thought teachers were salaried (no overtime). Which brings up another point. This shows again they have the resource to pay for the prep time the teachers are asking for. If MEA is contracted for 40hrs/wk, and they actually spend 50hrs/wk working, the teachers are losing a weeks pay every month for the extra hours spent. I know, teachers aren’t the only salaried employees in this position. Many employers have a tendency to take advantage of this situation. Apparently, it’s ok for the district to compensate the administrative staff for a job well done, but when it comes to the teachers…well we don’t have the money.

    Now, as far as our kids go, that’s a whole different conversation. From the standpoint of a parent of 4 kids in 549C, there is no reason for this strike to take place. There was plenty of time to avoid this if the district didn’t have its own agenda. As it is, for every 2 half days our kids are in school during the strike, they lose a full day. Does this mean they will stretch the school year to give students the required hours? Not to mention the fact all the turmoil this will cause. Our youngest is in kindergarten. These classes are already half day. I haven’t seen or heard how they will handle these students. Will they double the class size for the new half days to allow for the am and pm classes that were currently running? Then look at the fact they will be bussing kids all over the city to send half of them to a different school, with a new teacher. How much learning will they actually get out of this. It looks like a taxpayer funded daycare. I haven’t seen busing schedules yet, but I think it will be more trouble than its worth for parents and kids.

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