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Dan Billings
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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

Unanimous vote gives superintendent 3-percent raise
No debate, no Meiklejohn, one threat of litigation
By Chris Busby

The Portland School Committee voted unanimously tonight, with no internal debate and one member absent, to grant Superintendent Mary Jo O'Connor a three-percent raise. At the start of her new three-year contract in July, O'Connor, the highest-paid public employee in Portland, will earn a salary of $111,959.

School board member Ben Meiklejohn, whose motion to halve the size of the pay hike during the board's Nov. 30 meeting unleashed a flurry of partisan bickering, was absent from tonight's meeting due to a previously scheduled professional commitment. Reached afterward, he said he would have voted against the three-percent raise.

[url=http://www.thebollard.com/story_news/super_raise.12.14.05.html]The Bollard[/url]

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Those darn greens. You just can't trust them.

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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

The really frustrating thing about the board is that they aren't interested in educating the kids well at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. The Greens may look more fiscally reasonable but you have take their moon unit politics with it. Choosing between the D's and G's is like deciding to cut off your right thumb or your left. A path to sanity eludes me.

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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

[quote="Steven Scharf"]Those darn greens. You just can't trust them.

Steven Scharf
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Aren't greens just really extreme left wing democrates? People who are even further out to the left than kerry, kenneddy, biden, frank and his bestest goodiest in the whole world buddy, tommie allen, and pelosi?

JustSayNo
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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

[quote="Steven Scharf"]Those darn greens. You just can't trust them.

Steven Scharf
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Consider yourselves lucky.
Many towns routinely give 5% raises, or more,
to their superintendents
for no good reason.

bryce
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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

I'd describe the Greens as slightly to the right of Castro, rather than to the left of Kennedy.

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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

Look, this has nothing to do with the greens. Maine is run by the democrats and the unions run the democrats. The biggest, badest union of them all is the education union. While the superintendant is not of the union, the union will not allow the precident (almost unheard of) of turning down a pay raise for any person associated with the education lobby.

Until voters get to vote on this stuff and union contracts (when pigs fly), no party, including the dems will have a say. :wink:

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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

The union loves the supt.'s raises
because this raise alway takes place first...
in the Fall, BEFORE the terachers contracts are
negotiated.
Kinda like "You just gave the super 5%.
What are WE, chopped liver?"

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The Forecaster noted that they had to pass this before the end of the year to submit it the the state dept of education. Can someone explain why this needs to be done.

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Mike G
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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

"On Nov. 30, the board's three Green Independent Party members were joined by its two registered Republicans to force the vote on a reduced raise. On Dec. 7, the new board, now made up of five registered Democrats and four Greens, adjourned after the motion to discuss O'Connor's raise in private failed to get six votes (all four Greens opposed it). "

from Bollard link above.

Here you have 4 greens opposing the 3 % increase, and the greens are at fault?

If Ben was a R and didn't show up, would DAN's thread have said Republicans rolled over.

Good to see as many greens as there are in Portland, guess all the republicans moved to Bowdoinham.

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I think that this raises eyebrows due to the fact that the Superintendent is a public employee. Given the responsibilities that she has undertaken, this salary is not unreasonable. I am assuming here that Portland is the largest school district in the state, although I am not certain of this. I agree that it is important to keep costs down, but you also want to attract the appropriate talent to the position.

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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

The vote the article is refering to happened on Wed the 14th. The vote to go into exec session (which failed to achieve the 3/5th needed) was on Dec 7. I suspect it is the first time a govt body in the state of Maine has failed to vote to go into exec session.

The point about the greens rolling over is that (along with the two republicans who terms expired) when the item came up on Wednesday and they knew that it was a losing cause (because they are no longer part a majority coaliton with reps), made no effort to argue the matter further. They just became part of the sheep.

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Greens roll over on Superintendent raise

The vote on the teacher's union contract was also unanimous, and the R's and G's grossed about it afterwards. Vast difference between the formal vote, which counts, and the bitching about it afterwards.

Is it pressure politics and avoiding retribution from militant union activists?

Or is it a lack of firm principles to stand upon? I thought the point the Greens made was about process, i.e. not making raise in exec. session but in public; and not whether or not she deserved the raise. If that's the case, then they made their point and can do it again on future issues.

Or do they just 'go along to get along' and the perks and benefits from going along?

The Greens don't have any history or resources let alone a clear policy stance on various school issues......yet. In time they will, and hopefully, will take a firmer stand earlier in the process.

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