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Cheap Labor Doesn't Come Cheap In Florida

Roy Blocker's words would have been unthinkable if he had uttered them anywhere in the volatile vicinity of the Miami-Dade School Board. “The school district has gotten cheap labor for a long time in this position,” Blocker told the Orlando Sentinel.
The pittance earned by Blocker, the Orange County Superintendent of Education, comes to about $298,756 a year. The Orange School Board tossed in another 20 grand this year as a bonus for doing a nice job.
Miami-Dade reportedly will pay Alberto Carvalho $275,000 to run the state’s largest school district. That’s more than the national average $200,751 earned by supers heading up districts of 25,000 or more students. But it’s considerable less than the $311,000 earned by Bill Vogel, who runs the Seminole County Schools. No wonder Blocker feels under paid.
Carvalho, who is negotiating his contract with a board that can’t agree on the weather without a smack-down fight, probably feels underpaid compared to his central Florida counterparts who head smaller and considerably less challenging school districts. Or, for that matter, compared to Broward Superintendent Jim Notter who was hired last year for $290,000 a year.
But my advice – free advice (Alberto can think if it as the only bonus he's likely to see this year) - would be that Carvalho should avoid referring to his work for Miami-Dade schools as words “cheap labor.”
Unless he gets an offer for the top job in Seminole County.


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