1. The Critchlows and the Bakers are still employed by the district. This despite the fact that the contract of Fox C-6 Superintendent Dianne Critchlow has a provision for termination for cause. It reads:
That the Board may discharge the Superintendent for cause during the term of the contract. Cause shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following: (i) neglect of duties and responsibilities; (ii) poor performance, incompetency or inefficiency in the line of duty; (iii) failure to comply with policies and regulations of the board; (iv) failure to comply with reasonable written directives of the Board; (v) failure to abide by the laws of the State of Missouri; (vi) immoral conduct; or (vii) material breach of this Contract.
I’m sure one (or more) of those causes can be made to fit the current situation.
2. “The board on Tuesday voted to pay about $20,000 to the Missouri School Boards’ Association for help finding a new superintendent.” Why is this necessary? Post the job opening and dozens of ladder-climbing administrators from across the state will apply. It’s not like the MSBA will suggest out-of-the-box candidates. I realize the board has made some bad hires in the past, but I don’t see what benefit this $20k will provide. Especially since…
3. “[New CFO John Brazeal] said the district faces a $7 million shortfall in next year’s budget.” Oops. And he said “One “distress factor”…was that administrative costs are increasing as a percentage of total operating spending.” You think so, with the 3rd highest paid superintendent in the state? With the 2nd highest average administrator pay (not counting schools that have only one administrator)?
Of note, this news was delivered by the district’s new CFO, who will be paid $165,000 per year. But did he suggest downsizing the bloated central office? No:
Options he presented to solve the funding gap included layoffs aimed at “nonteaching staff” to save $1 million to $1.5 million, and staff furloughs that could save about $500,000 for one day a month or $1 million if two furlough days are taken in that time period.
I suspect that none of the nonteaching staff will have the title of “assistant superintendent,” but they sure as hell should. Here’s a list of people to lay off to get them started. Meanwhile the district spends about $12,000 on salaries per week for the four disgraced administrators while they sit on paid leave.