Beyond bare bones
A comment on the news post "Charters, turnarounds, and closings to keep SRC busy," from January 20.
Schools are down to the bone marrow, not the bare bones.
We need to cut the middle managers, the people who do not work in schools. Academic offices are not needed. Let the 440 people do the jobs. We do not need constant walk-throughs. As we have heard from testimony at the School Reform Commission meeting in January, and many other places, these people are severely out of touch. At best they are benignly unnecessary, and at worst they are outright destructive.
The 440 staff should be cut to the essential human resources staff (vetting employees), payroll staff, and tech support. All the assistants to the assistants need to go, and if we are in truly dire straits, sell 440 North Broad St. The "Vallas Palace" is no longer needed. Put the staff in empty schools.
And, if we really need more money, find out where all the valuable art Vallas took out of buildings went and sue to have it returned so it can be displayed or sold.
-Kristin R. Luebbert
The writer is a Philadelphia public school teacher.