Dr. George's $13,000 windfall, part two.

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Anonymous

Harrison, NJ

#1 Oct 6, 2012
The board of education did not give Dr. George the full amount of the merit pay that he was entitled to under the terms of the contract. They prorated the merit pay because he had not completed a full year of his contract. But according to what I read in his contract that was improper.

The contract:

The contract states that he should receive a percentage of his base salary for satisfying the requirements of the merit pay.

If he met 100% of the criteria to receive a particular segment of the merit pay, what difference does it make if he did it in under a year? Is the board saying that they will only give him the full amount of the merit pay if it takes him exactly one year to meet the requirements? If he meets the requirements before a year is up he doesn't deserve all of the merit pay? The Board isn't saying that he only achieved 75% of what was required to receive the merit pay, they are saying that they will not give him 100% of the pay no matter what he has achieved because he hasn't been here a full year. That is not what the contract says, in my opinion.

It's like the board is saying that we will give you 3.3% of your base salary if you save the district $100,000. But if you save the district $200,000 in six months we are only going to give you a percentage of the merit pay, because you took less than a year to do it. They ignored the criteria that was required to recieve the merit pay and instead determined the pay based on how long he had been on the job.

It is reasonable to prorate his salary. It is not reasonable to prorate his merit pay.

Nowhere in the contract does it indicate that the first year's merit pay will be prorated.

Since the board knew when he was starting and they knew they were going to review his performance and award the merit pay before the end of his first year, they should have put in the contract that his merit pay was going to be prorated the first year.

The contract should not say that he will recieve 3.33% of his base salary unless that was a real possibilty.

In a number of places in the contract it states that the board's intent is to make it possible through superior performance for Dr. George to receive all the merit pay. But if they were going to prorate it, he could not possibly receive all the pay. He was never going to be able to collect 3.33% of his base salary the way that they calculated it. They used his length of service to calculate his merit pay, not the criteria specified in the contract for each item. Frankly, I think they screwed him.

Now maybe I am off base and this was an unwritten agreement and Dr. George is fine with it and he expected it. Or maybe I am misinterpreting the contract somehow, but I don't see the word "Prorate" in the contract anywhere.

This looks like a movie that we have seen before.

Since: Sep 12

Holmdel, NJ

#2 Oct 6, 2012
Go to the meeting and complain. Meet with the board attorney. Meet with your board members.

But complaining here, to us...what does that do about this?

Unless your goal was to try and make yourself look smart. Narcissists tend to do that and need a forum to do it in....I read that! And it fits you like an 44 long and some grecian formula.
Anonymous

Harrison, NJ

#3 Oct 6, 2012
I forgot to provide a link to the contract, here it is:

http://www.middletownk12.org/boe_agendas/file...
7vens

Wayne, NJ

#4 Oct 11, 2012
Here is another way to look at it.

Suppose you took a job as a car salesman with a base salary and a $5,000 bonus if you sold fifty cars in your first year.

Then because the dealership's fiscal year ends after you have only been employed for six months they review your contract after six months.

Even though you have sold more than fifty cars the owner tells you that because you have only been there half a year, they are only going to give you $2,500, or half of your bonus.

And there will never be an opportunity to receive the other half of your bonus because each year they set different goals to receive your bonus. Now you must generate return customers, or X amount for the service department. They screwed you.

In my opinion, that is what our board did to our superintendent. Now whether you like the guy or not, and I understand that he has ruffled some feathers, how can we retain or attract quality leaders in our school district when the board has a reputation for treating people unfairly? We need to vote off the board the people who are responsible for this stuff.
DaStraw

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#5 Oct 13, 2012
Dr. George , you would be indeed the fool if you do not seek out thev one here called "7vens" to negotiate your next contract! He knows it all, trust me, and he'd confim it to you as well!

Keep up the good work Doc, Middletown kids need you to stick around!

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