BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward School Board General Counsel Ed Marko’s day of reckoning is November 29.
That’s when the School Board will meet in a workshop to discuss his future.
Marko’s contract expires at the end of the year. The School Board administrators tried to sneak through a new $266,654 one-year contract for Marko before the newly-elected members were sworn in, but it was cancelled after Browardbeat.com revealed the move.
The four new members will take office tomorrow, so they’ll be aboard when Marko is discussed after Thanksgiving.
The original idea was that Marko would be hired for a year as general counsel emeritus to teach the new general counsel.
I have been around government for a long time. I have watched government attorneys come and go since the 1970s. I have never, ever heard of such a ridiculous, wasteful idea.
I’ve got a simple plan: Hire a qualified new general counsel who doesn’t need on-the-job training.
Then show Marko the door.
Look at it another way.dollars and cents.
School Board member Maureen Dinnen is always whining about Broward schools not having enough money. Dinnen is a Marko supporter and pushed to keep him aboard for another year.
Maureen, how many teachers could be hired for $266,000? How many school books could be purchased? Does Marko do one thing that will improve education?
The workshop entitled Status of the Board Attorney is scheduled for two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crystal Palace in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Only the School Board would require two hours for something so obvious.
Marko shouldn’t get another year-long contract. The Board doesn’t need a general counsel emeritus. There are five other attorneys working for the School Board who can help the next general counsel.
The new school Board members need to understand. No top attorneys will agree to work as the next general counsel if Marko is going to be looking over their shoulder for the next year.