Another curious footnote to last night's meeting. In scouring the minutes I noticed an approval to pay JROTC instructors 1/200 of their salary for 21 days in July. I have no beef with the JROTC guys per se but I have to question why they are needed in July when the ostensible purpose of summer school is to get kids through courses they failed during the year. In my experience with the program when I was teaching high school their role was decidedly non academic and more of a social emotional component focusing on discipline and teamwork and etc. but I don't recall any of them teaching anything remotely geared to passing exams. One of the guys spent a good deal of his time taking cigarette breaks, working on his real estate deals and wooing a lonely female teacher on his floor. When the ingenious decision was made at the incessant urging of a certain wildly unpopular Speech Dept. Supervisor to cut Special Ed. teachers out of 1/200th summer duty, breaking the day in half and gutting things like community travel for low functioning kids, field trips for all the kids and forcing kids who need 12 month programming to adjust not to just one new teacher but now to two different teachers I had to wonder what the savings really were. And now that the district goes begging on Craig's list for summer school teachers and trolling the depths of rookies, burnouts and general hacks to fill the room with warm bodies I can't help but ask why do the JROTC people need to be in the buildings in summer if they aren't teaching Math, Science, English or Social Studies? Figuring an average salary of 50K for 21 days the city has coughed up nealry 32K to have these guys standing by. Why ?