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November 24, 2014

Taxpayers deserve a full explanation

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  • Jbgood posted at 8:24 am on Sat, Aug 2, 2014.

    Jbgood Posts: 1960

    "When that much of my tax money is being spent to get rid of someone at the top, I for one think that the taxpayers are owed some kind of explanation.... That is the problem with elected offificials at ALL levels.... They think that they can do what they want with our money and that we who are to dumb (In their opinion) to understand what they are doing are kept in the dark as our money continues to go away....
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    Besides, who gets paid to go away either from quitting the job or from being fired.... Something is wrong with this picture...."
    -----Paul-Hyatt

    You are right Mr. Hyatt, this is something I've been saying for years, and I for one agree with your post 152.3 percent! Anytime the public's tax-monies are involved, they deserve accountability, and explanations, concerning such transactions of the magnitude mentioned in this article, and when they are not forthcoming, or the pubic stop giving a dam about the lack of knowing about such transactions, then a train wreck is on the way!
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    The same things happens over and over again in DC. It is the reason we are in the funky crapper we are residing in now up there! Nobody knows what the h--- is going on up there except DEEP-POCKETED LOBBYISTS! The constituents keep electing them, and Lobbyists keep them in line for their on selfish purposes.
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    I don't have a dog in this situation one way or the other in Hitchcock, but this I know, it is unconscionable for a group of public servants anywhere to pay an employee that much of tax-payers' or constituents' money and think they can tell those same constituents, "WE DON'T HAVE TO TELL YALL WHY WE SPENT THAT MONEY.....IT'S NONE OF YALL'S BUSINESS! "

     
  • paul-hyatt posted at 7:34 am on Sat, Aug 2, 2014.

    paul-hyatt Posts: 250

    When that much of my tax money is being spent to get rid of someone at the top, I for one think that the taxpayers are owed some kind of explanation.... That is the problem with elected offificials at ALL levels.... They think that they can do what they want with our money and that we who are to dumb (In their opinion) to understand what they are doing are kept in the dark as our money continues to go away....
    Besides, who gets paid to go away either from quitting the job or from being fired.... Something is wrong with this picture....

     
  • gecroix posted at 3:04 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 3144

    As a confirmed workplace cynic based on a nearly 4 decade career of observing same, top to bottom of the food chain, I'd lean more to somebody's got something on somebody else, and want's badly for whatever it is to go away fast.
    As always, I could be wrong...
    I admit I've NEVER heard of anyone getting a big cash package just because they lack support.
    Hel_, I should be a multi-millionaire by now by that criteria for a workplace payoff....[beam][beam][beam][beam]

     
  • RonShelby posted at 1:03 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 596

    Its not common. Hardly any of the positions are by contract. Typically you'd only expect this in a City Manager or a School Superintendent position. Sometimes it happens lower but rarely.

     
  • gecroix posted at 12:38 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 3144

    Lots of people at work don't agree with their co-workers.
    Ya can maybe get a 120 grand payoff for that, if it's so?
    No wonder so many people want to get into public money funded jobs....

     
  • RonShelby posted at 11:20 am on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 596

    This is not about money. Its walking that fine line of need to know, and a persons privacy in regards to HR issues. If there were something somewhere between a complete mess-up and something illegal, I'm sure we would know. Otherwise, she has her right to privacy too, and it shouldn't have to impact whether or not the next employer hires here. It may be as simple as she didn't have a majority of her board supporting her. Some of which might result from petty reasons. That's a typical occurrence and not really in the purview of outside individuals who want to gossip.

     
  • cougargator posted at 10:07 am on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    cougargator Posts: 215

    Need to get Heber Taylor on top of this story. Might be a Watergate expose for the Houston Chronicle.

     
  • paul-hyatt posted at 8:07 am on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    paul-hyatt Posts: 250

    A government entity that does not tell the public why it does things while spending their money....What a shock.... IMHO that is becoming the norm in today's world of government....
    What happened to being truthful and honest about how our money is being spent and WHY....From the sounds of it she was fired.... If she was fired then why the seperation agreement.... If she quit, then why the seperation agreement....

     
  • carlosrponce posted at 4:54 am on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    carlosrponce Posts: 2703

    "According to the agreement, school district officials and Derrick agreed not to discuss the separation." The bad thing with this situation is that in lieu of facts, rumors start flying. Hitchcock had problems before Barbara Derrick became Superintendent but have improved under her tenure. Several teachers inform me that the academic atmosphere improved when she took the job.