The GPPSS’ company among districts that pay above average teacher salaries and have below average ratios of pupils to teachers is dwindling and the risks of doing so are great. The Board of Education ought to heed the warning signs and contemplate how the district will maintain this position.
The combination of schedule inflexibility, high enrollment variability, and stressful economic times renders elementary class size decisions a frustrating exercise for all parties. Reasonable and rationale standards, consistently enforced, present the best means of navigating these rough waters.
State of Michigan statistics show Grosse Pointe Public School teachers are the highest paid in the state. Questions have been asked and theories presented as to why this is the case. Teacher salaries are every district’s highest investment. As such we need to understand the dynamics of employee compensation fully, but undertake the analysis in an objective, constructive manner.