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UPDATE 6/30: Niles' money in line; silence is the problem

By Todd Franko (Contact)


Published June 29, 2011

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An article in the Ashland Times Gazette about new Niles school superintendent Mark Robinson's retirement from that city’s school district offers some insight into his new job here in Niles.
The Niles school board has been silent this week about Robinson’s unique contract, which pays him substantially more than outgoing superintendent Rocco Adduci, and also earned him a $9,400 pay raise before he event started.
Here are the tidbits from Ashland:

• The Niles City Schools is 2,700 students — smaller than Ashland, which numbers about 3,200.
• Robinson will earn $110,600 a year in Niles. At Ashland, his base salary was $115,000.

So, his initial pay was less than what he was making at Ashland, but it was also a smaller district. But his pay raise will put him over his Ashland salary.
Note that all the salaries in play here are in the range of comparable sized districts.
Adduci was the low guy by several thousand; Robinson’s original is in the midrange; his new salary is at the top.

• At the Niles school board’s request, he will opt not to draw from his retirement benefits, though he is eligible through the State Teachers Retirement System.
“They suggested I not retire and rehire. I told them I appreciated that that’s the way they felt and decided to go that way. I’m more interested in finding a place where I fit well,” Robinson said.

So, Niles showed some savvy with public perception by discouraging the retire/rehire action.

• Robinson was hired at Ashland in 2008 and announced his intentions to retire his post in late January of this year. Beneath his decision to retire was the issue of his residency — for economic and family reasons, he chose to remain in his Brecksville home. While there was no residency requirement in his contract, the Ashland board did on several occasions express interest in him moving to the district.
Though Niles and Ashland are equidistant from Brecksville — both are exactly 51 miles from his home, he said — Robinson will, at least in the interim, remain in Brecksville. His new school board has imposed no residency requirements.

Where he lives shouldn’t bother taxpayers as much as it does in some places. It’s about how he does his job. If Niles squabbles about him not paying taxes into the fund that pays him, then put in the already quirky contract that he’ll donate $1,000 to academic clubs.

But the school board is best to come clean at tonight’s board meeting.

It’s actions weren’t entirely out of line. But they should justify why they would disgrace one superintendent’s frugality when it came to his pay by offering top dollar to another guy.

 

ORIGINAL POST FROM 6/29:

Some people are looking at SB5 as the tool to get Ohio’s public employees wages and benefits back in line with the economy.
Well how the hell do you believe that when you see what elected officials in Niles just paid to their new school superintendent?
Absolutely crazy.
Out-of-control public wages is not exclusive to union clout.
As The Vindy has pointed out in many ways: Excessive public wages and perks is a systemic problem in public service — right up to the top offices.
Read reporter Jordan Cohen’s two Niles stories here:

Niles schools chief to get $9,400 raise after a month

Retiring superintendent blasts BOE

This will come back to bite them -- and the new boss -- quickly.
More shameful than the contract is the hiding the school board is now doing. It's already a long schol year for next year.

Now ...

There is a good chance that this salary is now the going rate for this level of school district and that any new hire was going to command this. Perhaps the outgoing superintendent's salary was too low due to his kindness and loyalty and blah, blah, blah.
That said, then the board should address those issues and explain.
Getting into such an expensive and quirky contract -- and then hiding -- is a tactic similar to Coach Tressel's "shake and bake" --
and it didn't work for him.
The only one talking is the old superintendent — and he's not talking nice.

 

 

 



 


Comments

1RobertAlphonso(74 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Toddy - What do you think will happen if SB 5 passes (it won't - 1.3 million signatures collected today) and gives "management" more control?

It will cut the wages of teachers and cops who EARN their 50-60-70 thousand dollar incomes and will only help to inflate the wages for the "managers"

Your BIG GOVERNMENT, anti-local control solution is to not let the voters sort this out by electing a new school board, but rather have the state government come in and tell Niles how to handle their business.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

This is no big deal and just paves the way for more largesse . The taxpayers will pick up the tab and life goes on .

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3AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

But sb5 is only for the UNIONS. sb5 would not effect the nonunion overpaid management and administration. If kasich wanted to, he would put sb5 rules in effect with ALL state NONUNION positions. I do not see that happening. Do you?

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4SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey alphonso

If you think 1/2 of the 1.3 million signatures are against SB5 you are in La La Land.
If a neighbor asks you to sign a petition you sign it to be polite. Most people who aren't leaching off the system (someone like Bob Hagan) are for SB5 not its repeal

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5RobertAlphonso(74 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Not one truthful response to my post. Pathetic that none of you really know what SB 5 is.

Just more teabaggers who really enjoy big government telling them what to do, as long as its a reich-wing government.

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6RobertAlphonso(74 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Riddle me this franko:

Stricklands last budget = $50 Billion

Kasichs claim of a budget hole = $8 Billion

Kasichs budget = $55 Billion

You always claim to be looking out of the taxpayer, yet nothing on this CLEAR INCREASE in spending.

Or is it just because you like kasich and he is in the same party as you?

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7RobertAlphonso(74 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Strickland's last budget: $50 Billion.

Kasich predicts $8 Billion budget hole.

Kasich's budget: $56 Billion

Very fiscally 'conservative' huh?

What. A. Joke.

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