Letter to the editor

Letter: Let's be clear with Glass

Posted 7/5/17

It would appear short memory syndrome has conveniently set in for those folks disapproving of the salary for our new superintendent, Dr. Glass.  They have conveniently forgotten, the previous …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: Let's be clear with Glass

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It would appear short memory syndrome has conveniently set in for those folks disapproving of the salary for our new superintendent, Dr. Glass.  They have conveniently forgotten, the previous school board majority originally authorized a five-year contract of $280,000 ($1.4 million) for McMinimee. They finally bent to pressure from the public and BoE members Dahlkemper and Fellman, and dropped it, but then added a bonus that ultimately brought his earning ability back up to $280,000. They reduced the term of the contract under pressure, too.

I have no desire to publicly embarrass McMinimee over this issue.  He's moved on to a new stage of his career and I wish him well.  But the folks who raise this issue give me no choice but to point out (just as we did in 2014) that McMinimee was woefully under qualified to lead a district this size.  As a matter of fact, he hadn't led any district of any size.  We're comparing someone who had little to no academic credentials to someone who has a long list of degrees and certification, in addition to real experience leading a district and a state. 

If you use the previous board majority's hiring of a superintendent as a basis for measuring what to pay Dr. Glass (after all, if no experience warrants $1.4 million over 5 years vs. a lengthy list of credentials and experience), he should be receiving twice as much. You could even say Jeffco got a bargain in the hire of Dr. Glass.

Jonna Levine,

Arvada

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