On another post, Anonymous wrote:
"How we got where we are, Part XII, Christmas 2007
December 3, 2007 – Bill Isler is reelected as Board President.
Note Isler's connection with the national folks (see prior postings about the national role played in the Washington DC and Atlanta scandals).
Theresa Colaizzi is elected 1st Vice President.
Tom Sumpter, a recipient of Broad training for Board members, is elected 2nd Vice President.
Mr. Brentley stated: “I have shared my concerns, over the years, about the speed of the District, how we are moving, how we are locking out, and leaving hundreds, possibly thousands of students, and allowing our administration to move forward on quite a few initiatives, with no accountability...Mr. Isler, I will be not supporting your candidacy, sir, because I believe we are still moving so, so fast. It's painful. We are hurting a lot of people, and I'm still asking, begging in some cases, that we slow the process down, and allow everyone to have access to fair quality education.”
December 19, 2007 – Duquesne University receives a 6 month contract for $75,000 “to design the principal certification program as a component of Pittsburgh's Emerging Leadership Academy. The partnership between Duquesne and Pittsburgh will yield a true academy for aspiring school leaders driven by research on real problems in urban schools and developing urban school leaders who are practitioner researchers.”
Board authorization is requested to “enter into a contract with the Institute for Learning for Dr. Johnston to be the lead principal facilitator for Pittsburgh's Emerging Leadership Academy. Dr. Johnston will provide no less than 24 days of on-site supervision, evaluation and training to
the PELA residents from January 2008 through June 2008...Dr. Johnston has been selected...due to her expertise in learning theory and curriculum, successful national urban principal training through the Institute for Learning, and demonstrated expertise in training Pittsburgh principals through the Leadership Academy. The contract period is from January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008 at a cost not to exceed $70,000.”
Grant Communications Consulting Group receives a $53,714 contract to work on the Pittsburgh Educator, PPS' in-house newspaper.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, “a national law firm headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh,” is hired for expert counsel and consulting services through their Government Relations Practice Group, which is comprised of both attorneys and government relations consultants.”
The 2008 Compensation Plan for administrators is approved, including pay for performance. A very subtle change to the work calendar principals is included which changes the number of days a year they are supposed to work. Linda Lane claims this will allow Principals to run their own summer schools, something in practice that only a tiny few, like Regina Holley, ever will. The shift and realignment of those salaries comes at a steep price tag, roughly $500,000 a year, not including any impact from pay for performance.
The pay for performance plan lines academic executive directors, assistant superintendents and deputy superintendents up for a bonus more or less contingent upon the bonus levels they grant to those that report for them. Nice incentives if you can get them.
The District's agreement with UPMC related to the Pittsburgh Promise is approved. The 2nd and 3rd whereas clauses make quite clear what this is all about: “WHEREAS, UPMC and the School District wish to enter into an agreement providing for an understanding of the tax status of the non-profit entities comprising UPMC and its affiliate organizations which are currently exempt from taxation under Pennsylvania law; WHEREAS, said agreement continues the standard provisions contained in the Payment In Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreement between the School District and UPMC dated October 22, 1997.”
Mr. Brentley points out that he is being asked to vote on the UPMC agreement having received it just 35 minutes ago."