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on Apr 29, 2010
You at Pleasanton Weekly should be embarrassed that you misspelled a word in the title of your story ("suprintendent"). Who edits your material before it goes to print?
Thanks for the link, Stacey.
This appears to be a good selection by the district.
Best wishes to Parvin for a smooth transition and success in Pleasanton!
I hope she works 80+ hours per week to make up for that outrageous salary.
Anonymous, Why, what's the going wage for superintendents in towns like ours?
Our daughter is about to enter Middle School, and we don't see much of an impact the Super and/or School Board has had on our dauhter's education over the last five years. In fact, we are suffering through an absolute nightmare of a fifth grade teacher, which no one (including the new principal) can do anything about. It's a moot point and we're all waisting our time on deliberating the merits of a good Super vs. adequate teachers in this (supposedely) excellent school district!!!???
to "not impressed":
What exactly is this 5th grade teacher doing? I'm wondering if it's anything related to things I've seen with my family, albeit in another school district. We've had one or two teachers who seemed to have had a very bad attitude. They would show blatant favoritism to certain students or were outright condescending and critical of other students, even if front of the other kids in the classroom.
Why can't the school do anything about teachers? If there's one thing I've learned over the years, even when you think you're the only one dealing with a problem, you're not. There are others in the same boat. If one parent is complaining, there have got to be others. Why won't the schools do something about the problem?
Best Wishes, but I hope she has a strong financial/budget background otherwise all the great ideas and aspirations for curriculum will never go anywhere without the money.
to Qwerty: the problem is tenure for sure, and burn-out to a certain degree. S/he should do everyone a favor and just retire already. Lots of complaints from parents recently, but with so few teaching days left in this school year, why bother pursuing it any further (except to save next year's students and parents a lot of grief).
Chalk one up for the school board! Heavy hitter union loving liberal Democrat with a MEGA salary. That criteria and the words "fiscally responsible" do not ever go together in California.
Congrats on your new superintendent, Pleasanton!
We just lost the best administrator in the FUSD since Sharon Jones left.
"I hope she works 80+ hours per week to make up for that outrageous salary."
Anonymous: She certainly does work 80+ hours a week. The school board meetings in Fremont (I have attended and watched MANY OF THEM) regularly end at 2AM and I have personally had or been invited to multiple meetings/appointments with her in the early morning on the day of the school board meetings and the days after school board meetings. It is obvious that she loves her job and cares about the students, families and communities she serves.
In addition, the going rate for a superintendent in a city the size of Pleasanton is between $210k-$240k annually. Superintendent Ahmadi's salary is not outrageous by any means.
"Best Wishes, but I hope she has a strong financial/budget background otherwise all the great ideas and aspirations for curriculum will never go anywhere without the money."
Sknywench: Superintendent Ahmadi has very strong financial and accounting experience from her time as an integral part of the FUSD. From what I know and have heard, she was an excellent overseer of numerous funds and allocations amounting to millions of dollars. In fact, she has a reputation of doing a lot with limited financial resources.
"Chalk one up for the school board! Heavy hitter union loving liberal Democrat with a MEGA salary. That criteria and the words "fiscally responsible" do not ever go together in California."
Kelly: I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how good Superintendent Ahmadi is at what she does. I am still scratching my head as to how we could not keep her here in Fremont. Word around Fremont is that she was in fact offered a HIGHER salary in Fremont and CHOSE PLEASANTON. I must reiterate that the going rate for a superintendent in a city the size of Pleasanton is between $210k-$240k annually. Given the cost of living in the Bay Area, the salary mentioned (which is not Superintendent Ahmadi's salary, but the salary of the more experienced outgoing superintendent) is not outrageous by any means.
I did a little Google-ing and found this:
Here's how Superintendent Ahmadi stacks up against others in the area:
(Out of the 12 districts in the following list, Ahmadi's projected salary is the 8th highest. Doesn't sound too outrageous anymore if you ask me!)
Superintendent Ahmadi: $225,000 (estimated) and 15,000 students. ($15 per student)
SAN LORENZO: $326,000 and 12,000 students ($27 per student)
SAN FRANCISCO: $293,000 and 55,200 students ($5 per student)
OAKLAND: $287,870 and 46,500 students, including charters ($6 per student)
WEST CONTRA COSTA: $275,000 and 30,800 students (%9 per student)
PITTSBURG: $243,236 and 9,600 students ($25 per student)
CASTRO VALLEY: $246,000 and 8,900 students ($28 per student)
HAYWARD: $227,556 and 22,100 students ($10 per student)
SAN LEANDRO: $214,649 and 8,800 students ($24 per student)
MOUNT DIABLO: $220,000 to $260,000 and 35,000 students ($6-7 per student)
ACALANES UNION: $200,000 5,700 high school students ($35 per student)
BRENTWOOD UNION: $161,160 and 8,200 elementary school students ($20 per student)
I'm surprised and disappointed we couldn't find a superintendent locally. One would think they would more accurately represent the direction Pleasanton wants to go, as they're part of the community which the superintendent is being asked to lead.
The article says she was the assistant superintendent in Fremont, which is right next to Pleasanton (maybe you've never been past Sunol on southbound 680). How much more local were you hoping her to be? Do you mean she should have been an internal hire from within the district?
hopefully she can improve our schools to the same level as Mission San Jose in Fremont which I read is one of the top 40 schools nationally.
I'm a Fremont teacher, and let me tell you all that everything posted by Fremont's Biggest Mistake, on May 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm is true. I am so sad to lose Parvin and am dismayed that in our own Sup search we let her get away. What a huge loss to Fremont!
Oh, and to those complaining about the salary, know that Fremont's new Sup is getting 242k per year plus thousands of dollars in incentives each year to stay through contract end.
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