Friday, July 31, 2015

District's papers to the city reveals possible windfall for Ackerman

Mayor Nutter releases district information

District's papers to the city reveals possible windfall for Ackerman

UPDATE: The School District said tonight that the proposed amendment to Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's contract is no longer being considered.


Hey folks, I've been away the last couple of weeks, but a lot has happened in my absence.

For starters, as promised, Mayor Nutter released the documents given to him by school district officials as part of their educational accountability agreement both parties signed last month.

The data is divided into seven sections: financial oversight, Title I funding, programming, issues concerning personnel, vendor and facilities, senior staff and the agreement itself.   

The full load of information is available at this website.

There, you will find a listing of the district's contracts for professional services and contracts. The city also posted a list of contracts for capital projects and a report detailing the salary, bonuses, pension contribution, car allowances or other monetary benefits of high-level employees, including Supt. Arlene Ackerman. 

Take note, the link to a list of non-union, non-instructional employees making $90,000 or more is not yet active and other links are slow to open.

One piece of information many will find interesting is a proposed, but not yet approved amendment to Ackerman's contract that promises to put her deferred $100,000 bonus into a separate trust. The amendment would also offer her another $150,000 retention bonus next June 30, and for every year until the end of her contract in 2015.

If that's not enough, the amendment states that the district will also pay her health benefits for life at no cost to her.

There you have it in, go to town, sleuths, and send us anything interesting that you may find.

There will be more on this in tomorrow's Daily News.

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