It's hard for me to believe what this board is saying. If it's true that Mr. Duck's leaving "was his own decision", then why the need to buy him out of his contract? If he did nothing wrong and it truly was his decision, the board could have just agreed to let him go. We still need answers to what is going on here.
March 15, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.
Just heard an interview on tv with the board president. He stated that Mr. Duck was not fired, he resigned. So let's see . . . he was on paid administrative leave for 6 months, but did nothing wrong criminally or ethically, he's proud of the job he did, the board said he left the programs in good shape. At the end of this, he resigns. So why did he need to get such a big payoff? Something is not right here. This board has a lot of explaining to do.
March 11, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.
I have always been a supporter of programs such as this. Now I am sorry to say I will not support any more tax levies, not even renewals. There is just no excuse for this type of situation to exist. A supposed investigation for six months just makes no sense at all. And then a severance package of an additional 6 months of salary after having been on paid leave for all that time??? The public deserves an explanation of this mess. It is sad that it is the disabled who will suffer.
March 11, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
My thoughts exactly. It seems he isn't needed in the position.
March 4, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.
This is totally outrageous. Something is very wrong when a so called investigation drags on for five months. If there were such serious concerns or allegations against this man, he should have been dealt with in a quick manner. If the decision was to fire him, he could appeal and fight to get back wages if the firing was found to be not justified. What happens if he ultimately is fired, does he have to pay back all the wages he raked in while on paid administrative leave? Absolutely crazy. No wonder people have such a negative view of public employment.
March 2, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.
Shamrock and EWand,my feelings exactly!
December 21, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.
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.