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On Former Ottawa superintendent receiving full salary of $10,899 per month and benefits

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cletus26 1 year, 1 month ago

well i be.... I need to have a contract like that.. nice pay

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dru442 1 year, 1 month ago

He is getting as much pay as an Army General, but with no responsiblities. Excellent job in getting that done!

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neworleans 1 year, 1 month ago

Its every dog for hisself out here!!!!

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texburgh 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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Truth 1 year, 1 month ago

$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.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 1 month ago

And the Lawrence School Board wants a blank check in the form of a bond for $92.5 million with no accountibility.

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Beth Bird 1 year, 1 month ago

I live in Ottawa and this disgusts me! Ottawa is a poor district to begin with this and is totally unacceptable.

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

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?

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texburgh 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 1 month ago

No one complained when USD 497 hired back Neuenswander! You recall, the one who got his buddy to buy The Elks Club and then sell it to the district and stiff the taxpayers.

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skinny 1 year, 1 month ago

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!!

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Lenette Hamm 1 year, 1 month ago

Criminal, considering that some families live on less than that PER YEAR!!!

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pigballin 1 year, 1 month ago

This has a foul smell.

It seems the school board is obligated to explain to the taxpayers of the school district as well as the state, since money is received by the school, why this agreement was made. No matter what the case may be. If the school board does not come forward and explain,,then it has a very fishy smell.

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Mark Hopkins 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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Mark Hopkins 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 1 month ago

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?

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rgh 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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parrothead8 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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somebodynew 1 year, 1 month ago

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 ??

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reality_check79 1 year, 1 month ago

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...

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Jeff Kilgore 1 year, 1 month ago

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.

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irvan moore 1 year, 1 month ago

good grief, the schoolboard that signed off on that sure didn't care about the taxpayers

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Kent Noble 1 year, 1 month ago

Hell of a nice contract the man signed. Doesn't look like he will be needing Umemployment Benefits for awhile.

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Gary Anderson 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow...must be nice to be King...

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