I am the kind of person who ponders life and then speaks one's mind. I try to speak intelligently though I too fail. However, I often find that people like Chris Bentley speak without the real facts. Both my wife and I were ExCEL trainers. In fact, my wife was one of the founding members of the ExCEL training.


She along with others went uncompensated in the creation of a training process that helped Hesperia Unified School District improve achievement and better meet the needs of all of our students. They served many hours during the summer and other non-paid time sharing their passion for kids with other schools around the country. After spending long hours away from their families they began to get compensated for their time. If a trainer trained during a work day, the inviting school paid for their sub-time as part of their professional development. The district gave the trainers a stipend of $250.00 for their service. After paying self employment taxes and other state and federal taxes, the stipend diminished to approximately $150.00. Now consider that travel time was usually during non-working hours and time was spent away from family. Call us foolish, but we figure that we are worth our time. End the end the money was only a token of what our time was truly worth.


Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that when trainers served schools within our district they did this without any stipend.


Mr. Bentley continues to question the pay we have received. Because of people like him, an Institute that not only helped other schools but actually made money for grants to teachers in our district, is now defunct. Mr. Bentley, have you ever asked to meet with the trainers. You are ready to have the school board penalize our retirement for serving our district and other others in a very positive way. On what basis do you speak?