When James A. Williams announced in August that he had decided to retire -- rather than sit back and watch the School Board pursue termination proceedings -- one of the sweeteners in his exit package was a $10,000 consulting fee.
(The board also gave him $110,000, the equivalent of six months' pay, and $8,000 in unused vacation time. The vacation time was written into his contract. The six month's pay was, under the terms of his contract, owed to him only if he was terminated. Seeing as he retired, the board was under no obligation to give him the $110,000.)
At any rate, that $10,000 bought the district the right to keep Williams on speed dial -- to smooth the leadership transition.
The board paid Williams the consulting fee up front, regardless of how often district officials decided to consult with him.
Well, how many times has Amber Dixon dialed Williams' number since she took over in September?
- Mary Pasciak