7.15.15 Jeffco WNW Recall facts (part 1)

Recall The Facts - Updated

The spin machines are running wild these days, with fanciful claims ranging from the notion that the people supporting the recall are “so-called parents” (not true! My kids keep bugging me for snacks) to the notion that the petition is lying about key issues.

Today we’ll address the claims about Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s salary.

FACT: The total compensation package for McMinimee in 2014/15 was $280,000. That is the number in the Jeffco Schools budget, which you can see on page 117 of the 2014/15 adopted budget.

That number includes both base salary and benefits, plus $40,000 in bonus pay. The $40k has not been awarded to him yet because McMinimee just finished his first year at Jeffco on June 30 and the board has not met to conduct his annual review. Nevertheless, the $280k package was what Witt, Newkirk and Williams approved–and is a number to which we still object.

In contrast, the total compensation package for McMinimee’s predecessor, Cindy Stevenson was considerably less, largely as a concession to the teacher and staff budget freezes. Here are the actual numbers for her total compensation package she received each year, including base pay and benefits:

  • 2011/2012 budget = $215,728
  • 2012/2013 budget = $217,510
  • 2013/2014 budget = $241,613 (includes contract buyout)

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Click on the thumbnails above to look more closely at the budget documents.

McMinimee’s total compensation package is slated to rise to $282,200 next year as he receives a pay increase and as benefit costs continue to rise.

Need more data? Check out this video from Jeffco DataView explaining the reasons behind the recall.

For more Jeffco DataView information, you might also be interested in these videos:

Don’t forget to sign the petition! Drive & sign locations are updated regularly on the Jeffco United for Action website.

Keep fighting, JeffCo!


9 thoughts on “7.15.15 Jeffco WNW Recall facts (part 1)

  1. I’ve always appreciated JCSBW for being very fact oriented and helping me understand the details. This post includes a lot of propaganda and seems to be going astray from your core focus.

  2. Where do I go to sign the recall petition??

  3. Ha! My “so called kids” are getting tired of sitting in the park with me at the drive by location, but they understand that I’m doing it for them!

  4. As a “so-called parent” my “so-called kids” are also getting whinny about me making them stand outside the pool and knocking on doors.

    But I also have a “so-called filled petition.”

  5. you quote Stevens salary, but where are her benefits….health ins., vacation pay, compensation for retirement? just curious what that would total up to be. Plus i heard plenty of teachers were not very fond of her and her management.

    • We quoted Stevenson’s total compensation package, which includes her salary AND her benefits (health insurance, vacation pay, PERA, etc). This is an apples to apples comparison: Stevenson’s total compensation to McMinimee’s total compensation. These two items occupy the same budget line in the Jeffco budget because they compare the same items. Hands down, McMinimee’s total compensation package costs the taxpayers thousands more, despite the fact that he came in with no superintendent experience and only a masters degree and that’s 100% the fault of WNW.

  6. We had a school system to be proud of and then the “three” came on board. Did they campaign as “Douglass County want a bees” and elected based on true aims or did they hide their true purpose? Most of the ”We are always right and whatever we do is in accord with the rules (regardless of what we do). Unfortunately, the destructive actions of these three will last far longer than their terms in office. They are working rapidly to destroy our sterling national representative and their rhetoric in doing this is full of misrepresentation, aspersions on a School District that had many reasons to be proud of their accomplishments. And, now they are bringing in the Koch Brothers!
    I am retired, never had a child in this school district, and won’t, but I support the true educators in this community who support public schools that are teaching unbiased history and not trying to politicize or destroy public education. I will never complain about paying taxes to support public schools because the young people in our schools today are the ones who will be making the decisions for all of us tomorrow. However, I will protest if my tax money is diverted to private schools.

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