The rumor that's floating around suggests that the Board of Ed has struck a deal with Superintendent James Williams on his departure from the district.
The alleged deal: Williams will get to resign, rather than be terminated, and stay until mid-September. The board will give him the $110,000 severance his contract provides for if he's terminated under the no-fault clause in his contract.
No board member has confirmed to me that that's the deal being floated.
And we won't know either way until the board meeting at noon today.
It's worth noting, though, that if there is truth to that rumor, there's one thing the board ought to consider -- which is what happened when they agreed to give former Deputy Superintendent Folasade Oladele a $215,000 package on her way out.
The control board has to approve expenditures over $50,000. And they weren't too eager to sign off on a package for Oladele that was more than four times what her contract provided for.
That severance package got caught in limbo. The control board deadlocked on the issue. And in the meantime, the date on Oladele's resignation came and went.
She drew vacation days for a few weeks and then the Board of Ed voted to give her a $49,900 package.
Well, if the generous package for Oladele wouldn't fly, it's not clear why a somewhat similar package for Williams would fly. (Similar in the sense that both packages exceed the amount either person's contract provides for.)
For now, all we can do is ponder.
Answers should start to become clear (and public) this afternoon.
- Mary Pasciak