from the 10/10/13 BCSD Press Release:
Trustee Kathryn Graves stated, “We recognize that this is a substantial sum of taxpayer money, but felt that the leadership considerations outweighed the financial consideration.”
Former vice chair Don Nurge kept saying in School Board meetings that we were “getting full value for our money.” I differed in my opinion with him then and I continue to do so now.
Having since been voted out and resigned, respectively, former chair Steve Guthrie and former vice chair Don Nurge seven months ago voted unanimously with the three remaining Board Trustees — Paul Bates, Shawn Bennion and Kathryn Graves — to extend Barber’s contract one more year. Last month, these three trustees voted unanimously with new trustees Kathy Baker and Liz Schwertdle to accept a “separation agreement” with Barber. What happened to change their minds a mere six months later?
The “leadership considerations” Graves mentions must mean that the Trustees decided Barber was doing a poor job. Here were the options of the Board of Trustees:
- Allow Barber to keep working as Superintendent. Taxpayers pay him money to continue a job poorly done.
- Pay him to sign a mutually agreed upon Separation Agreement. Taxpayers pay him money to go away. Hire someone who can actually do the job well.
- Fire him. And lay ourselves open to (yet another!) lawsuit.
So, which of these three choices would you choose?
It took $600,000 to make him walk away. Barber certainly knows how to add insult to injury.