I have gotten my fashion ogling fix in the last couple of weeks, since I've been spending a little less time with budget data (getting dropped on my head has enforced backing off on the geekery, becuse I find that spending too long staring at a screen magnifies the stupid concussion headaches). But... I also had a couple of public records requests come through (and I will say for the SPS public records point person: she has been unfailingly polite, nice and helpful to me, even though, as my father likes to point out, I am a professional-quality pain in the ass), one of which had salary information for the central office. It will take me a while to wade through it, particularly since I've got other stuff to do. I've got a soccer team to coach, yard work to catch up on, a painting I am closing in on being 18 months overdue on (oops), and crud like laundry and dinner. There's more to life than being a SuperGeek! (which I am considering for a Halloween costume. My Batman nerd-belt would have a calculator AND a slide rule. Take that, Evil Data Sheet!).
Anyway. One of the things keeping me from wading through a data sheet of salary information was that I was hypnotized by the utter, delightful, mesmerizing insanity of these pants on net-a-porter. Where do you wear $800 sequined formal genie pants? Hmm. I think I'm stumped on that. I don't know how to go about charting it. Because you could do a survey, and it might be safe to say that 99/100 women who are on hallucinogenics would STILL refuse to wear them. Anywhere. Even if they were paid to. While staring, I could not help but think, mantra-like: oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear. Which, as it happens, is exactly the reaction I had when I realized that there are 43 people in the central administration earning over $100,000. Dollars. Not Zimbabwean dollars (I think $100K in Zim would maybe get you a stick of gum nowadays, because Mr. Mugabe appears to think that insane inflation is fabulous. Huh. Maybe he would wear the genie pants). No, we're talking USD, baby. And the thing is (as I understand it, anyway), the only person who earns more than that in most schools is the principal. Hmm. So... in salary alone, without counting benefits, SPS spends $5.5 million on its top 43 administrators. If you want to chuck in the over $90,000 set downtown (and heck, why wouldn't you?), you're up to $8.5 milllllllion dollars (please use your best Dr. Evil voice for the millllllion dollars). That seems like a mistake. Not the calculation. No, the mistake seems to be the amount of money being poured into central administration during (say it with me!) a budget shortfall. Did I mention that's all those millions don't include the benefits? Right. Benefits NOT included. Benefits often add at least another 30%-ish, just, you know, to be clear about that.
I think spending this much money on the district's top brass is a mistake. Just like buying $800 formal sequined genie pants would be a mistake. I guess it's a bonus day - a crappy chart AND a useful fashion tip.