We now know that the administration and board lied to the community. Not once, but at least twice.
If it wasn't for board member Smith, Wade, the administration, and Feasel and the super majority would all be snickering -- Wade because he outplayed the board, the adminstration because they have a superintendent who will run the show, and Feasel and the super majority because they always enjoy sticking it to the taxpayer.
From Jen Smith:
Members of the Media,
At last evening's board meeting, Board President Julie Wagner Feasel cited a figure of $261,223 (not inclusive of moving cost, house settlement payment or vacation sell-back costs) as the total compensation of Wade Lucas' first full contract year. This is clearly much different than the $196,225 figure that she cited before voting on the contract on January 20th.
What is startling is that four school board members voted on a contract having no idea what the cost of that contract was- a cost of nearly $1.4 Million. To vote on a
contract with no regard for the cost of that contract, is blatant disregard for
taxpayer money -- the money which funds our school district -- and a failure of
their fiduciary duty to represent Olentangy residents. Board members should be good stewards of public funds, and the first step of that is to know the cost of board action being taken.
The new figure of $261,223 was announced by Feasel in response to a public participant, Patrick Grubbe, who spoke during public participation and asked to see district calculations of the superintendent contract costs. Feasel cited what she believed Scott Davis would've made had he still been superintendent (which is incalculable given that his contract ended and a new contract would have to be negotiated) as well as compensation for David Axner. In disseminating information about Davis and Axner, Julie Feasel clearly violated board policy 1077 which states " . . each board member will be allowed to make a brief clarifying statement regarding any statement said by the public during the public participation session. "[Policy link at bottom] Patrick Grubbe never mentioned Scott Davis or David Axner, so she was not clarifying any statement made by him, but rather speaking out of order.
When Mr. Grubbe asked Feasel for her numbers and her calculations that she cited, she said they were her own "personal notes" so she did not have to share the information he requested. Why is the President of the school board counter-transparent? Why is she unwilling to share her figures and how they were derived?
I hope you report on these issues and offer our community residents the correct information. I sent out one correction to the Media last week stating that the $196,225 figure was incorrect. Julie Feasel confirmed that last night.