Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wasting Johnston tax dollars on mediocre performance?

This is INSANE! Why do we keep paying the superintendent of a school district in a medium sized county more than we pay the governor of our state? Here in Johnston County, we are paying Dr. Anthony Parker over $200,000 a year and he does not personally educate a single child in our schools. I will do that same job for half the price and I guarantee I will do it just as well, not needing a degree in education.

I am tired of my tax dollars going for such huge salary increases for public servants. I guarantee that no teacher in the school system gets this sort of pay increase. This is just plain unethical. If we can raise our school system to be one of the best in the nation, we can stop having to use taxes and bonds for new school construction, we can keep qualified teachers on staff and get rid of the useless ones, and cut our taxes for the largest expenditure in the county under Parker's direction, than I can see possibly rewarding him for his performance. However, I don't see any of that.

Over $3000 for a cell phone allowance? What kind of crappy plan are we allowing for? If we are paying over $100 a month for even a bad plan, we are ripping off the tax payers. If he is spending $15,000 a year on travel, he is out of the office too much and is not earning his pay to begin with. A $25,000 a year SUPPLEMENT to his pay? WTF? That is the cost of a bus driver's salary for a year or a teacher's assistant. That would be a huge increase to our annual household income. Even half that would be nice, but we are endowing a medium sized school district superintendent with that money as an additional supplement? An annuity, as well?

Why do we let this man write his own contract for huge increases like this? Why doesn't our school board and county Board of Commissioners have the guts to say "NO WAY"?

Stop wasting our tax dollars like this. When we just passed a gigantic school bond, this is real bad timing to have such a huge salary announced for our school administrator.

From WMPM's news page:
School Superintendent Receives Contract Extension, Pay Raise - In a 5-to-2 vote, the Johnston County School Board has voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Parker. Parker’s current contract was set to expire in June 2009. The board voted to extend it two additional years to June 2011. Parker was also given a $25,000 a year increase in his local supplement, which will go from $25,000 to $50,000. Parker also receives a base state salary of $128,768. The school chief also receives a $12,500 annual annuity, $15,000 travel allowance, and a $3,060 cellular phone allowance. Dr. Parker also has the option to sell back up to 15 vacation days per year at a rate of 1/240th of his annual salary. His total salary and benefits package, not including the option to resale unused vacation days, is now $209,328.

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