Student starts petition against Missoula school chief's raise

2013-01-25T10:00:00Z 2014-10-19T08:12:05Z Student starts petition against Missoula school chief's raiseBy Gwen Florio of the Missoulian missoulian.com

A Hellgate High School student unhappy with the recent announcement of Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle’s 13 percent pay raise found plenty of people who agreed with her after posting an online petition asking Apostle to reject the increase.

“We wrote it because we’re really fed up with how the school board and Dr. Apostle are dealing with money,” said Hellgate senior Yetta Stein. Instead of Apostle’s much-touted Graduation Matters program to raise graduation rates, she said, “we believe our education matters.”

Stein, whose father Gary Stein is a teacher at Sentinel High School, said she posted the petition Wednesday at about 6 p.m. on SignOn.org. By Thursday afternoon, it had roughly 150 signatures.

The “MCPS Administration Petition” reads: “We ask that Dr. Apostle reject the raise and Tony (sic) Rehbein and the MCPS School Board be reevaluated in the May School Board election.”

Last week, the Missoula County Public Schools board voted 6-4 in favor of a three-year contract that retroactively gives Apostle a raise from $155,000 to $175,000 this year, and ultimately boosts his salary to $200,000 in the 2013-14 school year. Other district employees are to receive 2 percent raises, according to Missoula Education Association President Melanie Charlson.

At the time, board Chairwoman Toni Rehbein called Apostle a “superstar” and said the raise was needed to keep him in the district. On Thursday, Rehbein did not return a call for comment about the petition.

Susan Hay Patrick, chief executive officer of United Way of Missoula County, praised the students’ initiative.

“I think that’s what we encourage in an outstanding school district – for kids to be informed, to form opinions, to express their opinions and to advocate that others support their opinions. So I say, good on them,” Patrick said.

At the same time, she called Apostle “an outstanding leader.”

“It’s costly to lose school superintendents. I think it would be good for us to keep this one,” she said. “... I think if we want to attract and retain excellent leaders, we ought to reward them accordingly.”

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Sentinel senior Maddy Roy was among those who signed the petition. Like Stein, she singled out the Graduation Matters program, accusing the district of lowering standards to achieve higher graduation rates.

Apostle should take the amount of money going to his raise – as well as a higher district contribution to his tax-sheltered annuity, and the ability for him to cash in unused vacation and personal days – and put it into fine arts, foreign languages and other existing programs, she said.

“There’s science behind the fact that fine arts help education, and yet it is the first thing to be cut,” Roy said. “He could use it (the money for the raise) toward tutoring programs to help kids who are struggling, and for extracurricular activities like speech and debate. I don’t think it’s more constructive in Dr. Apostle’s pocket.”

And Debbie Cherene, who graduated from Sentinel in 2010, is still smarting over the district’s decision a year earlier – not long after Apostle came aboard – to cut the Young Family program that served pregnant students. The district cited budget cuts.

“I was nearly forced to drop out of school,” said Cherene, who signed the petition. Her concerns go beyond the Young Family program. “If he really did care about graduation, he would keep the music programs as well as stop letting teachers go. ... I feel like it’s important for the Missoula community to stand up for what’s right. Apostle is not right for this community.”

The petition also takes aim at school board members. If Apostle keeps the money, it urges community members not to re-elect Rehbein.

And, it continues, “This includes all members of the School board not serving in the best interests of the students of Missoula.”

Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com, or @CopsAndCourts.

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(43) Comments

  1. TSPHOTO
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    TSPHOTO - January 28, 2013 6:09 pm
    BIG TREE.....I had Mr. Stein as a teacher when I attended Sentinel and by no means does he "indoctrinate" his students with union ideology. He may be a little un-conventional in his way of teaching, but he teaches his students. When you have students who are pushed ahead a grade when they really need to be held back because they want to have high graduation rates, that is wrong. I think it's time for MCPS to start caring more about what their students are actually learning, rather than shoving them into the next grade just to see their numbers rise.
  2. Voterincounty
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    Voterincounty - January 26, 2013 8:47 pm
    Mrs. Toni Rehbein may be closely related to Vicky Cornish, Dorthy Rhoades, Pat Appleby, Mike Gregor, and Melvin Finlay. These fine board members at Florence voted 5-0 for the ungodly raise to our SUPERSTAR John C. McGee. I'll bet Alex is more qualified than John! At least we don't give John a car but I'll bet McGee's expense account is very similar.
  3. lilysbub
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    lilysbub - January 26, 2013 2:15 pm
    thank you, glacierdude, for a kind and respectful reply to my comment.
  4. lilysbub
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    lilysbub - January 26, 2013 11:34 am
    glacierdude, thank you for a respectful response to my comment. :)
  5. Roger
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    Roger - January 25, 2013 11:42 pm
    Probably due people like Apostle dumbing down the education process.
  6. oswarped
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    oswarped - January 25, 2013 9:17 pm
    graduation is just a paper it is the education that matters not the paper, Why is it so many graduates are not ready for college?
  7. glacierdude
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    glacierdude - January 25, 2013 6:12 pm
    Too many assumtions. You do know what it does when you assume something....that is making an a$$ out of U and me.
  8. glacierdude
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    glacierdude - January 25, 2013 6:04 pm
    Lilysbub, respectfully I have to call you on this comment. In the past 10 years alone, public compensation has increased exponentially while the same for the private sector has done just exactly the opposite. I appreciate your comment and I will be happy to do the necessary research to prove my point if you want me to. This is common knowledge, not major news. Anytime you would like to debate any of these issues I would be happy to engage you as long as we can keep it respectful....no anger, no name-calling. I urge you to prove me wrong but I am in no fear of that happening. There is such a plethora of information at our fingertips nowadays that there is no excuse for our not doing so.
  9. idiot state
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    idiot state - January 25, 2013 5:41 pm
    Actually, Walter is one of the few who actually consistently makes any sense. Be that as it may-not a good idea to lower standards. My guess is they're probably low enough already.
  10. CZed
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    CZed - January 25, 2013 5:13 pm
    There is nothing wrong with trying to make a little more money. But when you do it to the detriment of the people you are supposed to represent (the teachers and staff members) and in the face of the parents of the Missoula school district - that is flat wrong. Cutting positions while padding your own pocket is an example of self importance. Shame on the school board members who voted this large increase in. Two thumbs up to the girl who started the petition! She had the guts to do something the teachers failed to do. Make a real issue out of this. It seems to happen all over Montana with school boards and teachers being told there is no money - Florence School took no raise last year due to hard times....hmm...and it was the same story all up the root. Then our Super Super in Missoula throws out a neat-o tag line "Graduation Matters" and rides it all the way to the bank. Apparently graduation does not matter as much as his raise! I say go back to teaching GYM classes Alex and leave the education / administration business to someone less greedy.
  11. familytruckster
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    familytruckster - January 25, 2013 3:02 pm
    As of 3pm Friday, the petition has close to 600 signatures.

    Go to "SignOn.org" and search "apostle" to add your name.
  12. Dub
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    Dub - January 25, 2013 2:58 pm
    "Super star??" Come on, we are really in need of a super star in our country now, but Obama, at least in the minds of 51% of the voters (an his), has already filled that position.
  13. Janice
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    Janice - January 25, 2013 2:33 pm
    Double check the name...he's using Walter13

    LOL!
  14. MiddleFinger
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    MiddleFinger - January 25, 2013 1:31 pm
    Alright, who are you and what have you done with Walter12?

    The coherent, articulate reply to a previous post made no foaming-at-the-mouth attacks, liberal bashing, or poor spelling.

    So fess up. Who are you?
  15. DPotter
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    DPotter - January 25, 2013 1:29 pm
    From the beginning, I've felt that "Graduation Matters" is more about keeping kids butts in chairs in one of the high schools for purposes of state funding rather than about quality of the education experience. A whole lot of rhetoric to disguise the fact that high school hasn't changed to fit the times. If the school board was truly concerned with education, they would find creative ways to reach students who are not well-served by the decades old model of secondary education.
  16. Lrcrd2010
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    Lrcrd2010 - January 25, 2013 1:05 pm
    Gary Stein also supports free thinking and isn't a person who is a sheep Whether or not I agree with his politics, I was glad to have my daughter in his class because me let the kids think for themselves. Even if he disagree, they got credit for criticial thinking. I fail to see the problem. At least he is fighting for something instead of sitting on his butt just whining by being part of the local teachers union. Thank goodness for people who will go against the herd. And, BigTree, unless you sit in his class, you really shouldn't have any opinion on what goes on in his class. Sad how you choose to attack Mr. Stein on this issue which has nothing to do with him or his classroom teaching.
  17. Walter13
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    Walter13 - January 25, 2013 12:50 pm
    Big Tree-- If there are concerns from students about standards being lowered to increase the graduation rate, you can be sure there are teachers feel the same way. Maybe instead of taking a cheap shot at Gary Stein you should ask any high school teacher whether or not standards have been lowered since Graduation Matters began. You might be surprised by what you find out. I also encourage you to seek out the articles written about Dr. Apostle's candidacy for positions in Oregon and Washington. The Graduation Matters statistics definitely matter to him. When he's seeking a new job, he uses it as his main selling point. A problem exists when he is benefitting more from Graduation Matters than MCPS students do--that's what these students are saying. I also encourage you to remember Dr. Apostle promoting increased academic rigor alongside improved graduation rates, leading to 100% graduation. Ask yourself if that combo is even logical. Do the top public high schools in the USA have 100% graduation rates, or do students sometimes fall short because they choose to not meet the requirements to graduate?

    Dr. Apostle isn't without merit, he can obviously raise money--but he has created an environment of fear among quality teachers who don't dare speak out about lowered standards for fear of reassignment or worse.

    The idea of all MCPS students graduating is a noble goal. However, part of preparing students for life after high school is teaching them the standards that will be expected of them beyond graduation. Let's be careful not to sacrifice this lesson in order to create a more 'marketable' resume for Dr. Apostle. Graduation Matters should be about the future of MCPS students, not administrators.

  18. Greenland
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    Greenland - January 25, 2013 12:08 pm
    Mark Twain famously said: "God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board."

    I would think that "educators." above all things, set examples for students and society by living as examples and by conducting their public affairs with honor and circumspection.

    In case the MCPS hasn't noticed, these are tough times.

    Many students have parents that have been laid off, are barely making it, losing their homes in foreclosure. On the other hand, they have a president that lectures them on "sharing the pain" while he takes off on a $10 million vacation to Hawaii and is P'O'd that he had to briefly interrupt it to return to his job to negotiate a debt crisis worse than any that has ever faced this nation in its 237 year history.

    They have a "Superintendent" who freely advertises that he is available to the highest bidder, while he has managed to dramatically increase administrative costs by hiring three "regional directors" to do his job for him, while adding another layer of administrative bureaucracy at high cost since they will all need offices, and secretaries and cars and phones, and letterheads, and new filing cabinets to handle the additional paperwork generated to advise Apostle on the work that he did all by himself before -- and was paid handsomely to do when he did it.

    These kids see that this isn't about them. It isn't about education. It isn't about a single noble thought of the role of education or educators in society. It isn't about "sharing any pain," and it isn't about setting examples of self-sacrifice and moderation while others are suffering. It is all about empire-building and it is all about Alex Apostle announcing, in clear, specific terms, he's in it for the money and the power, and as much of both as he can possibly get and he is more than willing to go to whomever offers him more.

    And the Board caved to his threats: both in adding a half million dollars to the budget for directors, and caving to an extremely high wage boost to Apostle after having relieved him of most of his alleged workload.

    It is all about privilege, and money, and positions, and power and self-entrenched bureaucracies who have reached the point of being their own reason for existence.

    And at that point, it isn't about what he may or may not have done for the district, it's about who and what he is, and the message of greed and strong-arm tactics, getting all that he can for himself, that he is sending to the young people in his charge, while they come from homes that are desperately struggling just to pay their mortgages.

    I don't blame the kids for putting together a petition. Good for them. They are already smarter than the School Board.
  19. Scott Bixler
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    Scott Bixler - January 25, 2013 11:39 am
    Please note that the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Trustees currently has a vacant position for a K-12 Trustee. A Public Notice to announce the vacancy and invitations to interested parties to apply for the position appear today and in Sunday’s Missoulian. Or you can get further information by calling MCPS at 728-2400 Extension 1026. The deadline to submit your application will be 2/8/2013 and there will be a special meeting of the Board to interview applicants and appoint the interim Trustee. I invite all to participate in this important process by either applying for the position or attending the meeting to provide public comment. See you there!
  20. BigTree
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    BigTree - January 25, 2013 11:02 am
    I don’t find it coincidental that Yetta Stein would start such a petition. She is, after all, the daughter of Gary Stein, a Sentinel High School Teacher and known devotee of Saul Alinsky. Mr. Stein is also a member of the political committee for the local teachers union. Graduation Matters is a worthy program which strives to ensure that as many students graduate as possible. Gary Stein does not support this program because it holds him, an educator, accountable for his students that do not graduate.

    I think it is time that MCPS take a look at how much time Gary Stein uses during his classes to indoctrinate his students with union ideology versus teaching the MCPS curriculum.
  21. Softballa10
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    Softballa10 - January 25, 2013 10:26 am
    It is refreshing to hear of a young WOMAN to step forward and proceed to take action on her beliefs, especially one of this nature. I am currently attending the University to become a teacher and the instant I read about Apostle's raise, I became furious. He may love his job and that is proven by him seeking a job in another city/state, but I highly disagree with "bribing" (or whatever else you'd like to call it), a person with money and benefits to keep him/her. Places of work lose employees all the time and to me, this is an instance that losing him is not as big of an uproar as angry teachers, parents, students, and others.
  22. DonaldM
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    DonaldM - January 25, 2013 10:20 am
    This isn't the first time that Apostle has been given special "consideration" by the School Board. To use a current cliche'-it is bad "optics", at best.

    The Board majority didn't arrive at his special "considerations" on its own. He led them there. It appears that a majority of Board members are seriously in-thrall with this man and are unable to "see" their broader responsibility to the community at large-the tax payers, and other District personnel.

    There is at least one thing more important than keeping "Super Stars" happy, and that is not doing anything to compromise the Spring Mill Levy vote.

    Former School Board Member.
  23. Lrcrd2010
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    Lrcrd2010 - January 25, 2013 10:10 am
    Smarterthanwalter--You are right about showing up at the school board meetings. I will guarantee I would have been there and let everyone know about it had I known about it. But who knew we were discussing his wages again AFTER he had been applying for jobs everywhere else and getting rejected? I would have been there voicing my opinion had I known. So, when things get done like this, any action is better than no action.
  24. MT_Mama
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    MT_Mama - January 25, 2013 10:08 am
    Wow. Thanks for the information. And I've signed the petition. All of us who object to this outrageous raise, when teachers and staff are repeatedly told "there's no money" should show up at the next board meeting. Also, vote out Rehbein, Sadler, et al.
  25. familytruckster
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    familytruckster - January 25, 2013 10:01 am
    I disagree. Yetta took action, and in this online forum she can reach many people who aren't at the meeting(s) and enlist them in making her point.

    Showing up to the school board meeting would only allow her to "complain" to those that are making the decisions she disagrees with, and given her status as a student, I doubt that would have little effect. Also, she would have needed to know that the vote on apostle's salary was to be taken, and have submitted a request in advance of the meeting to be put on the agenda to be heard.

    I agree about the apathy and armchair quarterbacking that may permeate these pages, but this student actually took a very wise and effective action. I emailed toni rehbein and got no response. The newspaper called toni rehbein for comment, and got no answer. rehbein is obviously not able to support her action in promoting this charlatan of a superintendent, so approaching the matter in the fashion that Yetta has chosen is terrific.

    What a kid!
  26. Pistol
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    Pistol - January 25, 2013 8:51 am
    At least he is paid based on performance rather than degree, and tenure. How about teachers being paid based on performance? Performance evaluated by school adminstrators, and student testing. I believe the superintendent in D.C. a few years ago attempted to do just that, and the teachers union rejected the idea. In that instance the teachers willing to give up tenure, would be given pay increases based on merit. I would be interested if any teachers in Missoula would do that for a possible 13% pay increase?
  27. smarterthanwalter
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    smarterthanwalter - January 25, 2013 8:50 am
    I disagree that Yetta Stein should be praised for this on-line petition. The more appropriate way of expressing disagreement is actually showing up to a School Board meeting and expressing an opinion! Creating an on-line petition only plays to a base of mostly uninformed people who don't want to spend any money on education. School Board meetings are open to the public and decisions like this one are made by our elected officials. I am sure that the School Board debated Mr. Apostle's raise and came to the decision after debate and discussion. If people don't like the decision, they too should attend or vote these people out of office. On-line petitions only promote apathy and armchair quarterbacking--something this town has too much of already.
  28. MommaBear
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    MommaBear - January 25, 2013 8:46 am
    Go Yetta! Proud of you sweet pea! I signed the petition and hope everybody that commented in the first article will sign as well.
  29. Lrcrd2010
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    Lrcrd2010 - January 25, 2013 8:38 am
    Where can I sign up to help with the petition? When the kids lost the Young Family program at Sentinel, many people were upset but nothing was done about it. This needs to be stopped and I commend this young lady and will help her any way I can. This last "raise" is out line, unjustified and sickening. It is an obvious case of hero worship of someone who doesn't deserve it. Get involved, lets do what is right. And right is to give the teachers more to teach our kids with than line his pockets.
  30. Janice
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    Janice - January 25, 2013 8:24 am
    I have to say I'm a bit ashamed. That young lady did what many of us haven't done. We all sit here and bellyache on a newspaper article, and she DID something.

    I didn't know until today that they had cut the young family program. That program has saved countless young women from having to drop out of school. I guess they had to invest in Mr Superstar instead, and had to get the money somewhere. How disgusting.
  31. Janice
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    Janice - January 25, 2013 8:19 am
    Thanks for the info! It really does shed some light on things, now doesn't it?
  32. Janice
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    Janice - January 25, 2013 8:17 am
    You have a very valid point. Overall, we do need to shoot for the moon. However, it shouldn't be done on the backs of teachers who have been told there's no money for them to get a raise. Raising the bar on an administrator does nothing to set up teachers for better pay.

    Do you really think he should make more money than the governor of our state?
  33. Wrongfully Evicted
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    Wrongfully Evicted - January 25, 2013 8:00 am
    Hey middle finger, that sounds like a threat to Yetta, her well being and safety and her graduation may be at risk for she used her constitutional right to her freedom of speech. I am assuming that's a female name not knowing her personally, but good going to Yetta for standing up.
    "advocating for better pay" geez I would like better pay too. I used to be an Architect, now I'm a vegetable. I asked Missoula county for retraining orders that the Deputy Police chief couldn't honor, but it was more like, didn't wanna honor. He could not cut off the stalkers dialing finger. That finger stalked me to my jobs, my hangouts, my home, even to the state of Tennessee while I was on vacation, while sitting in bible study the sheriff pulls up, she had law enforcement called again. Now never mind I spent 20 years trying to avoid all contact with the nut case, that's why I needed a TRO against her, I took Missoula Counties to Everett Wa and was given a second, they saw the problem as serious when swat was called in 14 times at gunpoint to my home where we sat watching TV, sober, normal people who worked hard being thrown on their knees out in the driveway lined up like pigs. Since mt Brady finds it ok to simply hate people they know nothing about he likes to endanger all those in the room. I made less than 14,000 this year on my disability I am forced o now live on the past 10 years because Missoula County could not honor a simple Restraining Order. That amount is below poverty level for two in the state of Montana, from Architect earning 55k a year to 14k, because of overpaid people without any intelligence.
    I agree with everything the petition demands, I truly think it's the best thing to do. Mr Apostle doesn't not need a raise, he can pay for his entire house in one year. I cant pay for mine in 90 at this rate. Oh wait, Jim Nugent claims I don't have a home or any real property, just a dirt bag I am to him. may I remind you all, God is watching. He has his hands on both my shoulders so I remains seated at all times.
    I must agree, without fine arts my life would have never found a dream, or created anyone a dream. My use of fine arts helped families across America own their first new home, business, a city park, highways, bridges even a football Stadium I made the loudest in the country. Like sitting in a great big pipe organ. Led freedom ring. That was the 1984 KGVO Labor day telethon this city watched, with my painted backdrops.
    I lost my only brother when I was 7, I grew up caring for others who had lost someone. I have no one. Isolated by rumors, false accusations, lies.
    Graduation does matter, it's all I ever had. Sure be nice to use it again. I graduated college three times, so you go Yetta, don't ever stop believe'n.
  34. walter12
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    walter12 - January 25, 2013 7:34 am
    Wow, even a teenager can see through this old trick to lower standards for graduation in order to bring up the numbers. They have been doing that trick in the inner cities for over 40 years. It is at a point now in the large, inner cities, where a kid can get a diploma and be on the 4th grade level.
  35. Roger
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    Roger - January 25, 2013 7:27 am
    Toni Rehbein and others who idolize Apostle obviously have a bad case of hero worship. Good to see that some students oppose throwing money and benefits at the guy. Meanwhile, Apostle will continue fishing for another position in another town that offers him even more.
  36. BWO
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    BWO - January 25, 2013 7:11 am
    Well, I don't know the folks involved, but yet again, Montanans shoot for the bottom...we should all be advocating for better pay, for everyone (well, maybe not investment bankers), not attacking folks (like the recent wage freezes for State Workers, the vast majority of whom work very hard)...Of course pay is just part of the equation that must be weighed against the value one creates in a job, but if we are to advance, let's set high standards, measure performance, and reward people accordingly....instead of complaining when someone else does well in their career. I would guess that the folks complaining most sharply consider themselves capitalists and conservatives, but because government is somehow involved, you fail to recognize the value some individuals bring to the community or a company.
  37. Buzz Feedback
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    Buzz Feedback - January 25, 2013 7:09 am
    I was going to suggest that the Board of Directors of the United Way-Missoula might want to speak with Ms. Hay Patrick since her comments are not doing the organization any favors.

    But then I looked at the website for UW-Missoula and lo and behold, who's on the Board? Alex Apostle. See it here: http://www.missoulaunitedway.org/board-directors

    That is a huge conflict of interest.

    If the Missoulian is going to continue featuring glowing quotes from Ms. Hay Patrick, they might want to mention that as a Board Member, Mr. Apostle is one of Ms. Hay Patrick's supervisors.
  38. lilysbub
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    lilysbub - January 25, 2013 7:06 am
    but yes, glacierdude, i'm with you in congratulating Yetta. She's smart, articulate and involved, and seems to have a courage that our school board and certain community leaders do not.
  39. lilysbub
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    lilysbub - January 25, 2013 6:57 am
    glacierdude, please remember that public employees are not all paid the same. Some are paid very well, while others might be working for $10/hour. As for enormous, regular raises, some in the public sector haven't seen a raise in five years. And as far as saying that public employees always fare better than their private sector "poor brothers and sisters," a friend of mine recently transferred from the private to the public sector, and in doing so, took a $30,000 pay cut, along with a cut in benefits.
  40. truelimegreen
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    truelimegreen - January 25, 2013 6:33 am
    As a parent of three Hellgate graduates and a taxpayer I would like to thank Yetta Stein for her contribution on this issue. I will gladly sign her petition. She is echoing my families thoughts exactly.

    I and others have continually complained about high adminsistrative salaries or years, however, with the Board leadership that has been in place, our complaints have fallen on deaf ears. This Board and past Boards have acted in a rogue manner, that is, they have not cared about the public's opinion at all.

    Superintendent Clark's salary in 2002 was $102,000 (with benefits). Every year since this position's salary gets a large boost.

    A former teacher told me that one way to gage if a superintendent in a school system is earning an out-of-line salary is to look up the state elected officials salary. I just did this by using Google and typing in "montana state elected officials salaries".

    The salary to look at is the highest paid elected official - this would be the Montna Supreme Court Chief Justice. I'm told that he/she receives the highest salary due to the amount of education he/she has obtained - most likely a doctorate (?).

    On the charts (two were available) one will read that the salary for Montana's Supreme Court Chief Justice is now $115,160 and will increase in July of 2013 will increase to $122,678. This salary will be set until June of 2015.

    So not only is Superintendent earning significantly more than the highest paid Montana elected official, his salary is set to increase in the coming years (I believe that Apostle's salary is scheduled to increase to $200,000 in a couple of years. This scheduled increase is also out-of line with salary of the Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice.

    This information is available to everyone - it was irresponsible to not take the above figures into account before giving Apostle a large raise. But many of us know that this Board acts in and has acted in a irresponsible manner for years. They have completley mismanaged the district by catering to private schools costing the district millions of dollars, implementing the 21st Century model of education without explaining to the public exactly what it is, implementing the International Baccalaureate program, etc.etc., etc.

    Again, I commend Yetta and all her friends at Hellgate for their stance on this issue. If we had more adults like her this country would be in far better shape. I would also like to thank her father for raising his daughter to be a good citizen.

  41. glacierdude
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    glacierdude - January 25, 2013 2:28 am
    An outstanding gesture by a certainly very astute young lady. People in the public employee are still getting enormous raises regularly and enjoy benefits packages the likes of which have never, ever been seen, let alone enjoyed by their poor brothers and sisters in the private sector.To hell with Dr. Apostles bloated raise. Let him eat beans and Ramen. Let him learn to live on 20% of the income he enjoyed in 2007. Let Comrade Obama look after him. There are people in the private (that would be the "producing") sector that haven't seen even a hint of an increase since the turn af the century and as long as the current Politburo is in charge......hey, don't hold your breath. Let's see how things work when 100% of all potential workers are employed by the government with nobody left to produce anything for these slackers to regulate.
  42. MontanaJim72
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    MontanaJim72 - January 25, 2013 1:37 am
    It usually takes time for students to get involved in issues like this. Perhaps because she is the daughter of a teacher, she is more exposed to it at home. Either way, I commend her for her involvement. Even as a high school student, she is able to see the inequality in this situation. Apostle has shown how much he likes his current job by applying for other jobs, and he is rewarded with a 13% pay increase, while the people under him get a 2% raise.

    As for Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way,what part of the students comments don't you understand? You are not even part of the school board, why were your opinions such a large part of this article? Are your opinions more important than anybody else? Maybe I should consider what I might contribute to United Way, when you use your title with them to address political issues.

    In the end, I applaud the students. They are the future of our country, and I will be very comfortable with their leadership in the future.
  43. MiddleFinger
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    MiddleFinger - January 24, 2013 11:27 pm
    Guess we'll see if "Graduation Matters" to Yetta.

    Nice idea tho.
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