The gifts: Salary increases, extended contracts, and the big news: 6.5% annuities that Davis appears to have slipped into administrator contracts without notifying the board.1
Salary increases and extended contracts. It appears that Davis gave his friends a nice parting gift. And, it appears that he forced the new superintendent to keep Friends of Davis for an extended period. You see, it would have been helpful to the new superintendent if administrator contracts was short term. This would have allowed the new superintendent the opportunity to evaluate his staff and decide which FOD are worth keeping -- if any. But, we can't have FOD on the chopping block, can we.
The annuities is a real piece of work. To change the language of employee contracts without notifying the board is unethical at best. And, to expect board members to vote on contracts without having the opportunity to read them is simply wrong. But, this is all par for the Davis tenure.
At the risk of sounding like a cheerleader, board member Smith rightly called the superintendent into question. Of course, the bobbleheads sitting in the other board seats simply nodded when cued by with Davis.
1. In public at least, but who really knows what went on behind closed doors. All it took was a little nudge nudge, wink wink, and the Monty Python troupe -- the Olentangy board -- knee-jerked its approval for any Davis idea.