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| Hi y'all,
|
| As a founder of a soon to be new school struggling with the reality of
| staffing and money, I can tell you the reality that we are faced with.
|
| Our budget calls for the following staff levels based on enrollment.
|
| * At 20 students, we plan on having 3 staff, 1 of which we can pay
| $10 an hour, at this level of enrollment the school will lose
| $40,000 a year. (We may actually pay an additional staff member
| and lose more money. The idea being that the additional staffer
| will help accelerate growth).
| * At 30 students, we plan on 3 staff, 1 of which we can pay $10 an
| hour. At the level we almost break even. (Same comments as above
| about the additional paid staff position).
| * At 40 students, we plan on 4 staff, 2 of which we can pay $10 an
| hour. At this level we have a $600 profit (like we won't find a
| way to spend that! :-) ).
| * At 50 students, we plan on 5 staff, all them finally get paid $10
| an hour. One of the staff members may or may not contribute their
| salary back to the school, but that is a personal choice.
| * We then add a new staff member every 15 additional students until
| 95 students, which is our building capacity.
|
| We have set up the budget so that the necessary expenses (mortgage,
| insurance, advertising, the above mentioned salaries etc.) get paid
| first. At a certain level of enrollment we start of have "excess"
| money. This money gets allocated on a percentage basis to increased
| wages (65%), emergency fund (5%), paying down the mortgage (10%) and
| others I can't remember right now.
|
| We are very lucky that we have 2 staff members who will be able to work
| without a salary for a while. Without this, we probably wouldn't have a
| school. We are also lucky that one of the staff members who needs to be
| paid has a working husband so the $10 an hour we can afford to pay her
| is sufficient a while.
|
| The last staff member most closely demonstrates the level of committment
| it takes to work in a Sudbury school for a young person. She graduated
| from NYU with a degree in education in 2002. For her senior project,
| she designed a Sudbury School (I believe she worked with a woman who did
| do an internship at SVS - but I could be wrong about this). She
| discovered our founder's group and joined it while she was still in
| college. When faced with the possibility of having to live on $10 an
| hour, her reaction is, "there isn't any way I'm not going to be there".
| Please note, she is not being hired because of her degree or her
| background. She is being hired because she has put in over almost 2
| years of time and effort getting the school started, she clearly
| understands the philosophy of the school and she clearly has what it
| takes to be a positive role model for the students. It won't matter to
| us if she didn't have a high school diploma.
|
| We have other people who have inquired about staff positions (some of
| whom are actually on this list). We present the financial realities of
| the school to these potential staff members. If they can find a way to
| make the financial realities work, then they still need to understand
| the inherent risk they are taking when applying for a job in a
| democratic organization. That reality being that they need to be voted
| in and that at some point in the future they can be voted out.
|
| The reality is that $10 is barely a living wage in our area, I don't
| believe is it a living wage in most of the rest of the country. Would
| we like to pay staff more? Absolutely, and some day (when the mortgage
| gets paid) we can and we will. Will we ever hire people off the streets
| based on any academic credentials or without a long involved and
| difficult hiring process? NO, not happening. See Bruce's e-mail for
| why. Does this exclude people from our potential job pool? Yes. We
| don't like it, but until someone comes up with a better idea, that is
| the reality.
|
| Jeff
|
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| Hi y'all,<br>
| <br>
| As a founder of a soon to be new school struggling with the reality of
| staffing and money, I can tell you the reality that we are faced with.<br>
| <br>
| Our budget calls for the following staff levels based on enrollment.<br>
| <ul>
| <li>At 20 students, we plan on having 3 staff, 1 of which we can pay
| $10 an hour, at this level of enrollment the school will lose $40,000 a
| year.&nbsp;&nbsp; (We may actually pay an additional staff member and lose more
| money.&nbsp; The idea being that the additional staffer will help accelerate
| growth).<br>
| </li>
| <li>At 30 students, we plan on 3 staff, 1 of which we can pay $10 an
| hour.&nbsp; At the level we almost break even.&nbsp; (Same comments as above
| about the additional paid staff position).<br>
| </li>
| <li>At 40 students, we plan on 4 staff, 2 of which we can pay $10 an
| hour.&nbsp; At this level we have a $600 profit (like we won't find a way to
| spend that! <span class="moz-smiley-s1"><span> :-) </span></span>).</li>
| <li>At 50 students, we plan on 5 staff, all them finally get paid $10
| an hour.&nbsp; One of the staff members may or may not contribute their
| salary back to the school, but that is a personal choice.<br>
| </li>
| <li>We then add a new staff member every 15 additional students until
| 95 students, which is our building capacity.</li>
| </ul>
| We have set up the budget so that the necessary expenses (mortgage,
| insurance, advertising, the above mentioned salaries etc.) get paid
| first.&nbsp; At a certain level of enrollment we start of have "excess"
| money.&nbsp; This money gets allocated on a percentage basis to increased
| wages (65%), emergency fund (5%), paying down the mortgage (10%) and
| others I can't remember right now.<br>
| <br>
| We are very lucky that we have 2 staff members who will be able to work
| without a salary for a while.&nbsp; Without this, we probably wouldn't have
| a school.&nbsp; We are also lucky that one of the staff members who needs to
| be paid has a working husband so the $10 an hour we can afford to pay
| her is sufficient a while.<br>
| <br>
| The last staff member most closely demonstrates the level of
| committment it takes to work in a Sudbury school for a young person.&nbsp;
| She graduated from NYU with a degree in education in 2002.&nbsp; For her
| senior project, she designed a Sudbury School (I believe she worked
| with a woman who did do an internship at SVS - but I could be wrong
| about this).&nbsp; She discovered our founder's group and joined it while
| she was still in college.&nbsp; When faced with the possibility of having to
| live on $10 an hour, her reaction is, "there isn't any way I'm not
| going to be there".&nbsp; Please note, she is not being hired because of her
| degree or her background.&nbsp; She is being hired because she has put in
| over almost 2 years of time and effort getting the school started, she
| clearly understands the philosophy of the school and she clearly has
| what it takes to be a positive role model for the students.&nbsp; It won't
| matter to us if she didn't have a high school diploma.<br>
| <br>
| We have other people who have inquired about staff positions (some of
| whom are actually on this list).&nbsp; We present the financial realities of
| the school to these potential staff members.&nbsp; If they can find a way to
| make the financial realities work, then they still need to understand
| the inherent risk they are taking when applying for a job in a
| democratic organization.&nbsp; That reality being that they need to be voted
| in and that at some point in the future they can be voted out.<br>
| <br>
| The reality is that $10 is barely a living wage in our area, I don't
| believe is it a living wage in most of the rest of the country.&nbsp; Would
| we like to pay staff more?&nbsp; Absolutely, and some day (when the mortgage
| gets paid) we can and we will.&nbsp; Will we ever hire people off the
| streets based on any academic credentials or without a long involved
| and difficult hiring process?&nbsp; NO, not happening.&nbsp; See Bruce's e-mail
| for why.&nbsp; Does this exclude people from our potential job pool?&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp;
| We don't like it, but until someone comes up with a better idea, that
| is the reality.<br>
| <br>
| Jeff<br>
| <br>
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