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Wow...must be nice to be King...
Yep...Here King, Here King....bet they close some schools...just to compensate his salary, benefits, pension, life insurance, vacation pay,and some other types of pay we aren't aware of.
Hell of a nice contract the man signed. Doesn't look like he will be needing Umemployment Benefits for awhile.
There is obviously some information that is missing about why he resigned.
good grief, the schoolboard that signed off on that sure didn't care about the taxpayers
While I think this decision is unwise, let's think about scale. Ten thousand a month? Compare that to a Wall Street CEO whose "consulting" might cost shareholders that much per day. I hope those who are critical of this educational CEO will reflect on the differences of scale, something that fewer and fewer adults seem to be able to do.
Keep in mind that although on "scale" this is a lesser amount to be paying an individual, the Wall Street industries that pay their "consulting fees" such outrageous amounts, they are earning much more money and can afford to pay those fees. School Districts by far have much less money to work with and cannot afford such uncalled for expenditures. When someone leaves...STOP PAYING THEM!!!
"Scale," indeed, but your profit argument ignores the long list of companies that, through extravagant wages and benefit packages to its "leaders" led to bankruptcies. Ottawa schools are in no danger of bankruptcy.
I only hope that your CAPITAL LETTERS worked when Wall Street's banisters ripped off tens of billions instead of tens of thousands.
Your "scale" argument is a major fail. There are profound differences between a public school district and a private, for-profit corporation. The two entities are too dissimilar to properly draw any type of analogy.
This is no different than govt. employees with months of sick time saved up and get paid for months before they officially retire... Taxpayers are funding much worse things other than thus guys package deal, trust me...
Exactly, as I note above.
I resigned after 22 years working at the same place and had more than 800 hours of sick leave but wasn't paid for any of it and THAT was the balance after I had given away a few hundred hours to the shared leave program.
That does not happen with state employees.
Should have spent my time as a state employee. He's going to be pulling down in four months as much as a "consultant" as I was making in a year working 50 hours a week as an assistant director, CFO, Director of Operations, trying to oversee five departments with 14 employees, and monitor and write grants.
Well, I disagree reality_check. The situation you describe is what an employee EARNED and saved up - this is just paying him to not show up for work.
My only question is just why did he suddenly quit.?? Well, 2 questions - what does he have on them that they agreed to all of this ??
They could hire two teachers for the next year for what they're going to pay this guy in the next eight months, but I'm sure what he does is much more important for the students of the Ottawa school district.
Well said. I'm a teacher, and this is the best of all arguments.
In other words the district did not have quite enough to terminate the contract outright and Mr. Katt had the district by the gonads. Either pay him his salary to stay on or potentially pay his salary plus what ever he got in a potential lawsuit vs the district. Sounds like he did a lot of unethical things but nothing the district could outright prove.
That pretty well sums it up. Ottawa will probably never fully know the reasons for this rather expensive termination.
Snatch the pebble out of my hand Grasshopper.
If you wish the truth, ask these questions. Is his life insurance cash out which can give an X super tens of thousands of bucks when cashing it in before he hits room temp. . Not the life insurance the poor sucker teachers and support staff receive.
These policies are often so deceitful, many board members are afraid to mention them. Often hidden in insurance costs.
No mention of his spouse benefits. They are often the hidden sucker punch.
Thirdly, but not the least, does the super get to keep his car, car allowance, second car, and allowance?
I believe this is a major problem in how it relates to the school funding issue. Maybe there should be a little more money for teachers staff and teaching materials and less for administration.
I believe this is a major problem in how it relates to the school funding issue. Maybe there should be a little more money for teachers, staff, and teaching materials and less for administration.
Criminal, considering that some families live on less than that PER YEAR!!!
That's why you go to school and get a degree! If you aren't willing to work for it what'd ya expect??? You people crack me up!!
That is the kicker-he is not working for it.
What do you mean? He might have to spend a few hours testifying in court, and think of the headaches he's got ahead of him finding a new wireless provider for his cell phone and iPad and an internet provider for his laptop? And it'll take at least a couple of hours to remove all the school related content from these items. Oh, the horror!!!
I went to school and have two degrees. When do I start earning my $130k per year?
And yet three other Kansas superintendents, the president elect of the Kansas Association of School Boards, and a KASB lawyer just today told the legislature they needed to gut teacher collective bargaining so schools could operate more efficiently.
So in other words, in return for ten grand a month Mr. Katt "will make himself available to testify in litigation as to his knowledge and involvement regarding the roofing work performed by the Manning Company on a School District building."
Odd, but a good old fashioned subpoena accompanied by a ten dollar witness fee and so many cents per mile for travel would have secured Mr. Katt's testimony for a fraction of the cost, and without exposing the School Board to clever arguments from opposing counsel that Mr. Katt's testimony is "bought and paid for", and therefore not credible.
IMHO, the school board's attorney who drew up this agreement appears to be lacking in basic legal skills and insight. typically possessed by a second year law student. I wonder how much he charged the taxpayers for drawing up such an ill-conceived agreement?
Well, the fee does make for a more cooperative witness for the school district and one more likely to stay within range of the Court's subpoena powers.
Wow, I guess I know how I will be filling out the survey for the Ottawa School District that I got in the mail now. The survey asks about new and updated buildings, equipment and materials.
I live in Ottawa and this disgusts me! Ottawa is a poor district to begin with this and is totally unacceptable.
And the Lawrence School Board wants a blank check in the form of a bond for $92.5 million with no accountibility.
$130,000 would pay for THREE teachers' salaries for a year. Three new teachers could be hired to reduce class size in the elementary schools and provide a better education for young students. This is an example of what Brownback was talking about when he said not enough money the state provides reaches the classroom. I'm guessing the Board will have a different composition after the next election, provided there are people running against incumbents.
Once again, this is what happens when school boards and superintendents have the "flexibility" to make their own deals and do things quickly. They complain that they have to negotiate teacher contracts but prove with administrator contracts that they can't think long term and then that they are incapable to managing an evaluation. They are dumping 13 months worth of evidence from this man's personnel file. What do you want to bet he winds up as superintendent in another school district within a year? People complain about teacher "tenure." All Kansas teachers have is the right to be told why they are being fired and a chance for a hearing on the facts if they ask for it. The school boards association and the superintendents want you to believe it is too expensive to fire a teacher. Really? But it's not too expensive to fire a superintendent? This one will cost taxpayers well over $100,000. There's almost $95,000 in cash and then all the cost of health benefits, disability insurance, and retirement contributions. They even give him a cell phone, laptop, and iPad! And yet the school boards need to get rid of collective bargaining. When Kansas teachers have bargained such compensation increases over the last five years that the average salary has gone up by about 1/10th of 1%. And the problem is the teachers' union?! NO! The problem is the kansas association of school boards - look into this - you will most likely find that KASB model contract language was the foundation of this guy's contract and that a KASB attorney was the one who negotiated the exit.
He is getting as much pay as an Army General, but with no responsiblities. Excellent job in getting that done!
well i be.... I need to have a contract like that.. nice pay
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