STOP THE WASTE & BE ACCOUNTABLE! Part 2 of $175

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As predicted here at educationunderattack.info there’s a new chair at the school board table – a $175/hr chair.  From now on an attorney from Odelson & Sterk will be seated next to the board president at board meetings.  Interim superintendent Kyle Hastings seemed surprised that the board had somehow muddled through the past 40-50 years without an attorney advising them during board meetings.  So if the meeting goes three hours the district pays $525 for the attorney to sit and watch District 103 kids sing, or to listen to a report on the drainage problems at Robinson, or hear a parent complain about state testing, or … you get the idea.

More predictions!

1) Mr. Hastings will not be making $800/day like those wasteful interim superintendents who preceded him.

2) Mr. Hastings will collect a check for every working-day from now till June 30th.  Isn’t he a mayor somewhere, too?

STOP THE WASTE & BE ACCOUNTABLE!

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That’s what the pink flyer Mayor Getty’s assistant handed me said.  “THE OLD SCHOOL BOARD IS ONLY INTERESTED IN WASTING YOUR MONEY!!!”  So what are the new Lyons District 103 school board members going to do to STOP THE WASTE?

First order of business at Thursday night’s special board meeting was to fire the law firm that served District 103 for 40 years and hire in Odelson & Sterk.  Now I’ve been wondering why the new board members wanted to change the board meetings from Monday to Thursday.  Here’s my guess:  Burt Odelson can’t be there on Mondays.  He’s often at North Riverside or Park Forest’s board meetings on Mondays.  Let’s play this out a little bit and assume it is Burt’s intent to be at each of District 103’s board meetings (or send one of his other attorneys).  The board meets twice a month (24) plus multiple times for goal setting or student disciplinary items (10) for a total of 30 meetings Odelson & Sterk could bill the district for.  Two hours per meeting at $175/hr.  So if I’m right, District 103 could be spending an additional $10,500 per year.  The previous law firm rarely attended board meetings.

The second order of business was to fire the 2 interim superintendents (who had already quit) and hire Mr. Hastings as interim.  If they are so interested in stopping waste why didn’t they bring Dr. Vladika back?  She’s at home collecting a paycheck.  If Mr. Hastings works 38 days till the end of June at $800 per day (we don’t really know what he will be making but that’s what the 2 interims were making) that would be a total of $30,400.

I guess the waste is OK if the money is being spent on your guys.