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Sebring board will buy out school superintendent's contract



Published: Mon, April 7, 2014 @ 12:25 p.m.

SEBRING — Village school board voted unanimously this morning to allow Superintendent Christopher Lewis to use sick/vacation time for the remainder of this school year and to buy out the remaining year of his contract for $111,000.

Toni Viscount, the elementary school principal, will serve double duty as principal and interim superintendent until the school board selects a new superintendent. Ray Harris, school board president, said the board plans to have a new superintendent in place for next school year.


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1theguins(167 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You suspend the guy last month and find no wrongdoing and bring back. Turn around a couple weeks later and allow to use sick/vacation time to finish year and buyout the remaning $111 thou of contract. If a BOE has an extra $111,000 in the coffer to buyout a contract. I think the people of Sebring should check on who they vote on the Board of Ed.

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22muchtax(310 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow another 111,000 down the drain, that is the same they just gave the guy running the disability dept a few weeks ago after letting him sit home for 6 months! Hey why not the public doesn't seem to mind you clowns wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars and then putting on more levies and ask for more money to waste! This school board should be replaced with people with more sense!

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3Notorious_Pig(97 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I saw the news report that said he was suspended, but they found no wrong doing. Why are they buying his contract out? Were there further developments? This is a really wild story, isn't it?

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4gdog4766(1461 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

This huge loss of money to this small school district lies completely on the heads of the board. Folks clean the board out and start over.

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5billdog1(1108 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't live in Sebring but have to ask WTF? If he was found to have done nothing wrong, why are you willing to pay him, and send him home with a years pay? If he did something wrong then fire him. What are you people doing? I'm sure these board members wouldn't do anything similar with their own money at home. There has to be some ethic issues with this.

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6Ytownnative(1025 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I smell the need for a new school levy on the ballot in sebring

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7Knightcap(693 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It doesn't look like Kasich cut enough in local funding. So many public entities are giving out huge buyouts, raises and only contributing 10% toward health-care. Taxpayers should seek property tax reduction levies.

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8sebringdad(1 comment)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

One comment for getting a new board, others about nothing was wrong... Maybe you should do more investigation to find the man spent $162,000 on legal fees in less than 18 months.... He refused to bargain with the teachers.... He was suspended and brought back... You forgot the State is doing further investigation??? While the buying out is a large amount of $, this NEW BOARD acted in a swift manner that NEEDED done.

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9pwhite1027(105 comments)posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Only in public education, funded by taxpayers, could such a sweet buyout occur. Wow! When are the taxpayers of Ohio finally going to rise up and say:

"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Enough of these sweet taxpayer funded public pension systems and taxpayer buyouts for fired or retired government workers. We can't afford it. No more accumulated sick days or vacation days. Use it or lose it each year. No more public funded pensions, no hundred thousand dollar buyouts for fired employees, no more double dipping in government by "retired and rehired employees."

I hope I live long enough to see these reforms in our government. I'm 41 and doubt I will, but maybe my grandchildren will. We all know it's just a matter of time. Our government is bankrupt.

However, in the meantime, we taxpayers continue to fund these outlandish employee contracts and it is absolutely breaking the taxpayers back as well as creating animosity towards those who receive this legalized fraud.

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