BY BUDDY NEVINS
Attention teachers, school staff and legislators: Broward Schools are at it again.
Bob Crawford, who recently retired as principal of Atlantic Technical Center, is on Tuesday’s School Board agenda to be rehired.for the same job he just left.
A School Board member says candidly: “It doesn’t look good.
That’s an understatement.
Crawford’s new salary is $108,529.
Because he is “retired,” he also gets a pension. He received a big hunk of cash from the state DROP program when he “retired,” according to sources.
(Deferred Retirement Option Program or DROP pays large sums of money into a 401K-like retirement account in return for a promise to retire in five years. After five years, you get the money.)
“He got a pension and a lot of money from DROP and 30 days later, turns around and gets his old job back, said a source with 20 years in the system. “I hear he didn’t even clean out of his desk. He just took a long vacation.
The administration’s excuse is that they need to pay a principal to replace Crawford, who’s picture wasn’t even removed from the school’s website when he “retired. So why not just continue paying Crawford who knows the job, say administrators?
Crawford is being rehired at the lowest pay possible for principals so it has minimal impact on the school system’s budget, according to an administration source.
What about the taxpayers, who are now paying Crawford a state pension and a new salary from Broward schools?
At the same time teachers and staff are being laid off, the school system is considering hiring someone and allowing them to double dip? How many teachers’ jobs could be saved with $108,529?
This is an outrage.