Superb Op-ed by Retired AFT Member John Vidovich about Lack of Equity in Mon. Co.

It’s 1988 all over again for schoolteachers

Dominion Post 2/20/2011


   I am a retired Monongalia County teacher. During the past 30 years, I have taught thousands of students and would do it all over again. In that time, I was actively involved in the processes that would bring about better pay and working conditions for teachers. I lobbied in Charleston, wrote to and met with legislators, and wrote letters to the editor, to mention a few. I do not apologize, as some would have me do, for trying to achieve a level of fair pay to benefit my own family and children.
   I kept copies of some of my letters to the editor. Recently, I gave a copy of a 23-year-old letter I wrote to The Dominion Post to my AFT (American Federation of Teachers) representative and told him to show it to politicians during the legislative session. It was uncanny how it clearly showed nothing has changed in the past 23 years. The same points of dissatisfaction with pay and lack of respect for the teaching profession in West Virginia I made in 1988 are still being made in 2011.

IMPORTANT: Mon Co. AFT and the Legislature, WV House Education Reacts to Inequity, Calls for Education Audit


New developments at the Capitol this week includes a resolution directly related to recent news in Monongalia County.  House Concurrent Resolution 83 originated in the House Education Committee in response to the continuing discussion of education expenditure efficiency audits. Additionally, the public attention surrounding the huge pay raise granted to the superintendent of Monongalia County Schools -just a few weeks after laying off 70 teachers and service personnel– also played a part in the creation of this resolution. HCR 83 calls for the efficiency audits to be conducted and the results to be reported back to the Legislature. HCR 83 now moves to the full House of Delegates for approval.  Thank you to those members of the House Education Committee lead by Delegate Mary Poling.  Thank you in advance, to all those WV House members who shall grant the final approval of this important action.
The actual Resolution as follows:

COUNT ME IN! Rally for Education

 Respond to Recent ADMINISTRATIVE Pay Raises! Ask for Equity and Recognition of YOUR Dedication to Monongalia County Students and YOUR Profession in Education!

WHERE: Morgantown High School
Edgewood Drive Parking Lot
(Visitors Side of Pony/Lewis Field up from Domino’s Pizza)
WHEN: February 22nd, 2011
TIME: 6:00 PM
(just prior to the Mon. Co. BOE Meeting)

We encourage people to arrive as early as 5:30 to prepare.  Rally starts at 6:00.

Bring your signs, bring your message!




Monongalia County AFT Week in Review

AFT and WVSSPA-AFT Monongalia County Battle Top-heavy Administrative Spending, Decision Making, and Outrageous Administrative Salary Increases

Media-Week in Review


Devono pay hike irks AFT

Superintendent to get $32K in raises

WSSPA/AFT and AFT form Action Plan


Judy Hale AFT Leader Speaks Out About Devono Raise

Counties are cutting teachers and school service personnel at one board of education meeting and then handing out enormous pay raises to administrators at the very next meeting.  Over 70 employees that work in board of education offices across the state making over $90,000 a year, with 15 earning over $100,000.  Just this week in Monongalia County, Superintendent Devono had his contract extended 3 years. During these three years, his salary will go from $125,000 to $157,000. This occurred after the Monongalia County Board of Education recently laid off 70 teachers and service personnel who work directly with children.


VICTORY: Administrative Posting Pulled as Reported by the Dominion Post

Mon BOE nixes job posting

Teacher’s union protested listing


The Dominion Post


   A job listing for a new administrator in Monongalia County Schools was yanked last week — after a local teacher’s union questioned the validity of the position and the timing of its offering, since layoffs are looming for 70 teachers and other employees in the months ahead.