Agree with you 100%. The 'experts' in HR should and the administration should be able to run a search for a provost. It's absolutely disgusting and a waste of public funds to be hiring these search firms to fill these kinds of positions.
December 6, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.
kurtw,yes it is true teachers are paid a full salary for the full 9 months of the school year. but most only make very modest salaries. in some cases they can choose to be paid only in the months they work or they can opt to spread the salary out in equal 12 month installments. either way, they are not paid huge salaries for the work they do. most that i know have to supplement with other part-time or summer jobs just to make ends meet. and most do not get huge payouts at retirement. teachers are not the bad guys in the public sector. the abuses are at the top like superintendents, university presidents, etc. thanks for having an open mind on this subject and considering all sides of the issue.
August 28, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.
Jupiter is right on. These big time payoffs are almost always at the top - that's right, the management folks NOT the average public employee. Bertram should do some real research on this subject. Instead of slamming all public employees, why don't you concentrate on trying to fix the abuses at the top. Oh wait, I forgot, the vindy usually supports that sort of thing. Remember their editorial in support of the retire/rehire deal recently handed to Youngstown superintendent Dr. Hathorne. Now he gets a good salary plus his pension. Wonder if he got a severence pay off also or is he just continuing to accumulate it all for an even bigger payoff when he decides he is finally ready to leave his job???
August 25, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.
TERRAPINST, "should non-felons be hired even if unqualified?" Give me a break!! The job he's been rehired for is a LABORER. There are plenty of non-felon persons in this valley qualified to be a laborer and would give their eye teeth for a $33,00/year job with the county getting health care and other bennies. This is just sickening. Furthermore, what kind of restitution did this guy make? The money paid to the turnpike was withheld from his state pension fund. That's right, nothing came out of his pocket. They just took some money out of his pension fund, big deal. DISGUSTING!
May 4, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Vindicator wants it both ways. Where is your outrage now against public employment?? Oh wait, I see . . . it's OK to make exceptions for some people. Isn't it ironic that it's always the people at the TOP that you want an exception for? That's right, it's the NON UNIONIZED aministrators. You remember, the ones who would still be able to have exceptions made for them even if SB5 had passed. Get your priorities in order Vindy. It's either a bad policy or it's not. And by the way, where is your big "Government Watch" section of your web site??
April 16, 2013 at 8:29 a.m.
Very sad. My condolences to the family. I am praying for you all.
February 19, 2013 at 10:06 a.m.
What???? TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO this guy gets FIRED and now he gets paid for unused sick time?????? THIS is what is wrong with the public sector.
February 15, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
I am no fan of abuses in the public sector, but the Vindicator is way off base on this one. Why should anyone take on more duties in the public sector (or anywhere) if there is not appropriate compensation? If the county wants to do away with the compeansation of one department head to save money, then don't expect someone else to absorb all of those duties without some increase in pay. They actually did the right thing in this case and saved money while at the same time treating their employee properly and all the Vindicator can see is that some private sector workers who haven't had a raise lately won't like it because one public employee got more money for taking on another whole job. Shame on you Vindicator.
February 12, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
I totally agree with the above posters. I'm so tired of the Vindicator's spin on anything to do with public employment. I've cancelled my subscription and I don't even check vindy.com much anymore. And I don't miss it.
February 8, 2013 at 10:37 p.m.
I don't understand. Is YSU taking away health care from employees who are part-time? They probably didn't have it in the first place. Not many employers provide health care for part-timers. So it sounds to me like they are just maintaining the status quo?
November 30, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.