FAIRFIELD — A Travis School District trustee said a proposed $47,900 contract for recess consulting that includes a $2,000-a-day, plus expenses, option for additional work seems “outrageously high” for a playground consultant.
“That’s a monstrous payday,” John Dickerson said.
The contract with the Oakland-based nonprofit Playworks includes “recess implementation training,” “consultative visits” and a “coordinated recess system that helps shift the entire school culture.” The pact goes before Travis School District trustees Tuesday.
Consultant visits include recess observations, modeling of games with schoolchildren and a playground assessment.
The contract pays $30,000 for 20 consultant visits with the option for more at $2,000 a day.
“I definitely need a lot more information,” Dickerson said of the agreement. “I’m really going to have to be convinced that this is the right course.”
“I really want to know what we are going to get for $50,000,” he said.
Playworks is a nonprofit public benefit corporation operated for charitable purposes, according to the agreement before trustees. The Bay Area nonprofit recommends that school administration participate in workshops that include seasonal games along with “tips and tricks.”
Participation in workshops will help “sustain methodology long term,” according to the agreement.
Putting the program in place includes designating a parent or staff member at each elementary school as “recess coach.” The school district as part of the agreement agrees to participating in data collection with surveys of students, teachers and others.
Playworks maintains confidentiality of all student data, the agreement states.
Travis trustees meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Travis Education Center, 2775 De Ronde Drive in Fairfield.
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