Our View: The Contract

Did they really think no one would notice?

The Jordan-Elbridge school board has once again stumped the community, this time by allowing a questionable contract to be negotiated and signed.

Without board approval, Director of Operations Paula VanMinos' contract, which forces the next school board to grant her tenure, would go nowhere.

But, the board voted 6-3 in favor of a deal that state expert Alfred Riccio has called "almost like blackmail."

The incoming board and superintendent must grant tenure to VanMinos or deny it and pay the fine - three years salary to VanMinos totaling $308,000.

To offer one administrator so much protection at a time when few employees' jobs seem safe is more than a red flag, and it has us wondering.

We thought heavy media scrutiny would inspire the J-E school board to tighten up its practices - if not out of respect for a frustrated community, at the least in an effort stay out of the spotlight.

The latest J-E school board action does more than damage the reputation of a school district: it puts a strain on the relationship between old and new board members before the new board has even been realized.

We hope votes of this nature disappear as the three board members step down. With three new board members and a new superintendent soon stepping in, the board must come together and start voting for the benefit of this community.

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