When the El Centro Elementary School District doesn't have money, the employees of the district don't ask for much of a pay raise. When the district does have the money, it should compensate its staff.
I read with dismay about the ugly contract negotiations again tearing apart the El Centro Elementary School District. This has created an unhealthy atmosphere within the elementary district. On those occasions when I have met an elementary teacher and innocently asked, "How's it going?" Whoa Nellie! Back up and bar the door! They are not happy and they're glad to tell you about it.
They feel they are getting little support from the district, they are not respected, and their efforts are not being recognized. When the district and award-winning superintendent go after new grants such as the new VIPS science program or the new reading assessment program, RESULTS, these place an additional workload on the teachers, an additional workload the teachers accept.