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S.M. School District to use stimulus funds to duplicate services?

South Milwaukee, school district, Rita Olson, news

As first reported by Julie Ann Marra of South Milwaukee NOW, the South Milwaukee school district wants to spend $30,000 in federal stimulus money for an early childhood curriculum consultant to assist in better aligning the 4-year-old curriculum with the rest of the grades.  At face value, that sounds like a reasonable way to spend $30,000, but what I'm wondering is why the South Milwaukee school district would spend tens of thousands of dollars to hire a curriculum consultant when the district currently pays $102,459 for a full-time Director of Instruction, Rita Olson, who if I recall also possesses a PhD.  So here's the question: why does the South Milwaukee school district need to spend $30,000 on a curriculum consultant if they've got a full-time staff member (and a well-paid one at that) whose job responsibilities include all issues related to the curriculum used throughout the district?  Is Rita Olson incapable of aligning the 4-year-old curriculum with the rest of the grades on her own?  If so, then why is she being paid over one hundred thousand dollars a year to handle the district's curriculum?

It's a shame the school district wants to spend $30,000 in federal stimulus money - money that could have been spent in any number of ways to better benefit the school district - to hire a curriculum consultant to do a job that the district's Director of Instruction should be able to handle on her own.  Seems like money not well spent to me...

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