BY BUDDY NEVINS
They retired from the Broward schools, but didn’t really retire.
At least 35 employees who recently retired were immediately rehired. This allowed them to get their taxpayer-paid pension and a salary the ultimate double dipping.
And this is the school system that is about to lay off hundreds and is always begging for more money?
Did anyone ever consider saving jobs by allowing those threatened with a layoff to take some of these positions?
Nope. Give your buddies extra pay rather than save the jobs of strangers is the order of the day at the Broward school system.
The retireees rehired include such high-paid folks as two area directors and several principals.
They include Bob Crawford, the principal of Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek. He took a planned retirement 30 days ago and now will be going back to the same job.
The School Board approved his rehiring Tuesday after Chief Attorney Ed Marko said they had no choice.
Apparently in the bizarre world of the school system, once the supertendant recommends hiring an applicant, the Board can not turn it down without “just cause.”
Member Phyliss Hope said: “We are in a depression. The school system is losing $100 million. That is just cause.”
Other members disagreed. She was the only vote against rehiring Crawford.
Board member Maureen Dinnen argued that people like Crawford should be rehired because they had experience and connections built up over a lifetime career.
Using her reasoning, no experienced employee would ever lose their jobs or be replaced. This is more foolishness from this member who has obviously outlived her usefulness on the Board.
Dinnen argued that the double dipping is not an issue because “there is no additional money from us. The (retirement) money comes from the state.”
Maureen apparently forgot that it all comes from taxpayers!
Board member Bob Park also defended Crawford’s rehiring. Atlantic Tech is in Park’s district and he worked behind the scenes to get Crawford rehired.
Parks said Crawford “brings value to the school system.
I sure hope he does bring value since taxpayers are paying him two piles of money!
Parks excusing double dipping is another disgusting example of how out-of-touch he is.
Hope made the most sense. She said it was unfair to keep rehiring veteran retirees because it wastes tax money and prevents the infusion of needed new blood into the system.
“We must make room for new ideas, Hope said
Kevin Tynan also said he wanted to discuss bringing new leadership to the district in the future. But this conservative Republican voted for Crawford’s rehiring.
It’s almost criminal malfeasance that administrators took no steps to plan for Crawford’s successor although they knew about his pending retirement for five years.
School Superintendent Jim Notter admitted this amazing lack of planning on Tuesday.
School Board member Stephanie Kraft asked Notter if there was any planning for a new principal to take over Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek.
“Very limited, said Notter.
Member Robin Bartleman demanded that in the future, “succession planning should be done when any employee is going to retire.
What are we paying all those administrators for at the school system?
The most basic step to take when you know someone is going to retire is to plan for their replacement. Apparently this planning isn’t done at the school system.
Why plan? It is so much easier to just rehire the recently retired so they can double dip into the taxpayers’ pockets.