Read a recap of yesterday's events at http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/101807/met_209428449.shtml
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
By the way, ousted Superintendent Joseph Wise and Chief of Staff David Sundstrom did not attend the meeting. No one spoke on their behalf either, but Wise's lawyers have been in contact with the board's attorneys over the past days.
The board also vote unanimously to keep Sundstrom on administrative leave (he and Wise were put on leave at the meeting yesterday). They didn't discuss whether that will be paid or unpaid, and his contract expires June 30, 2008. Sundstrom is paid roughly $160,000 annually and he has 8 months left on his contract.
Chairwoman Vicki Drake is now sharing some encouraging words with the audience.
"We are not going to miss a beat. You watch, great things are going to happen in Duval County," she said. "Keep the faith and stay in there with us because Duval County is headed onward and upward."
What do you guys think about the agreement with Wise?
His annual salary is $275,000. By striking this deal, Wise gets a large sum of money but the board also gets to have him out of office immediately, as they would like. Both sides avoid any potential court battles.
A motion is on the floor for the board to accept the attorney's recommendation. Now they are discussing it.
It seems like the crowd is ready for a vote. Many people in the audience visibly or audibly sighed when board members began asking questions, delaying a vote.
Right now, all seven board members are already on the dais. I haven't seen Superintendent Joseph Wise or Chief of Staff David Sundstrom and doesn't look like they will take their seats.
The board members look pretty relaxed. Everyone was smiling before the meeting.
Karen Chastain and Cindy Laquidara from the General Counsel's Office have just taken their seats. They represented the School Board in ironing out the settlement agreement with Wise.
Just in case someone needs catching up, the School Board voted to fire Wise yesterday. The settlement agreement could give him compensation between $70,000 and $600,000, depending on where the board's lawyers and the district's lawyers come to agreement.
Chairwoman Vicki Drake just started the meeting and Laquidara has begun speaking. Keep tuned in.
separation agreement with ousted Superintendent Joseph Wise. Look for
live posts soon, just like yesterday.
Before I go, I want to leave you with an e-mail interim
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals sent to all district employees last
night. In it, he both encourages and assures the systems' 15,000
teachers, staff and administrators in light of recent events. I found
this message while reading Wise's e-mails this morning.
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 6:20 PM
Subject: Important Message
With so much information floating around about what happened today at
the Special School Board meeting to discuss Superintendent Wise's
contract, I want to assure you that we are staying the course. We
will continue to work with the Board to provide quality education for
all students in Duval County Public Schools.
As you have probably heard, Superintendent Wise was put on
Administrative Leave until a decision is made by the Board at the
continuation of the Special Board meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m.
The Board voted this morning to give me delegation of authority over
the school district until the Board makes their final decision.
We have a strong team in place and we will continue to focus on
teaching and learning and student achievement.
Keep up the great work. I will continue to update you as we move
forward with the great things that are happening at DCPS. If you
have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Wise was formerly the Christina School District superintendent before coming to Jacksonville in 2005. The Christina School District, which is located in Wilmington, is Delaware's largest.
Check out DelewareOnline.com's most recent story at http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071017/NEWS03/710170358/1006/NEWS . Check out their readers' comments.
An AM radio station, WDEL, also has coverage at http://www.wdel.com/news.php?n=N&s=3 .
Are you reading this from Delaware? What are teachers, parents, students or anyone else saying about what's going on up here?