First meeting:

Attended by:
Pamela Weghorst
Hard-to-staff Subjects (science)
Ardrey Kell High School
Lorayne Brewer
Hard-to-staff Schools
Hopewell High School

Discussion of Scope
Data Request

Second Meeting:

Attended by: Lorayne Brewer,
Harvard Data PowerPoint
Selected Facilitator

Third Meeting: February 15, 2011 Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Minutes

Subject: Unintended Consequences

  1. Signing/recurring (time payment or annual)
  2. What happens if no one takes it (Potential sandbagging)
  3. People choose to go to a hard-to-staff school for the wrong reason
  4. Longevity effect
  5. Low morale for those getting bonus - must be applicable to all current employees (Signing goals must be applicable to all current employees)

After some discussion, it appears that the group leaned more toward Signing/Recurring and Performance opposed to Performance Only.
Consequences for Signing/Recurring and Performance Choice (Group must also decide how to test these consequences)
  • Some sandbagging
  • Some degree . . . of collaboaration
  • Some uncertainty . . .
Consequences for Performance Only
  • Uncertainty - not going
  • Quick turnover
  • Collaboration
  • Some employees may work hard but still would not qualify for bonus
Other awards: Options not discussed
Before leaving Andy Baxter informed us that the Board of Education would like to hear from all of the Pay for Performance Committees - to report on our progress. This will
take place at the board's next meeting on Tuesday, 2/22/11 at 7:30 p.m. Our leader/facilitator of the Hard-to-Staff will attend this meeting and speak on our behalf. Minutes
submitted by Lorayne Brewer.
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chance to record. Thank you.
Members: Lorayne Brewer

Meeting - March 15, 2011 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Goal - To determine how to keep staff a a hard-to-staff school
What are the factors to make a hard to staff school a hard-to-staff school:
  • Schools with high turnover rate is not good for students
  • Need to have fidelity to the numbers of schools that are hard-to-staff (ex: 60 schools)
  • Can we make hard-to-staff schools so well-defined that people will definitely know which schools are designated?
  • ´╗┐What list of schools will show up as hard-to-staff?
  • Have criteria not frozen in time; some kind of concrete way to define/describe the hard-to-staff school
  • Criteria must be valid 5 years from now or 10 years from now
  • Teacher turnover rate across the country 10/15%; urban schools 20%; CMS bar 35%; CMS avg. 25%;