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Old 07-01-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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Nice work if you can get it...

This would sure make it easier to FIRE.

Forgione gets $215K in unused vacation

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Outgoing Austin school Superintendent Pat Forgione got a check on his last day of work for $215,278.72 in unused vacation, district documents show.

The check, which district officials said was issued Tuesday and did not include federal tax withholding, is for 174 accumulated days and is based on a $1,237.23 current daily rate of pay, as stipulated in his contract. Forgione has been with the district for 10 years. Requests for comment from Forgione, made though a district spokesman, were not answered Tuesday.
The next time AISD is begging for more tax money, I hope taxpaying Austinites will send them this article and laugh in their faces.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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This is a state rule... all teachers get this... nothing unusual except for the amount..
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This is a state rule... all teachers get this... nothing unusual except for the amount..
And the fact that he was able to negotiate a special deal getting way more vacation time than the district customarily provides for its educators.
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?? I'm stumped. He has 10 years of accumulated vacation days and then he gets paid for them. Doesn't seem strange except that many organizations and companies disallow carrying over more than 4 to 6 weeks of vacation pay.
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School superintendents in Texas work under contract. They get whatever they can negotiate with the local school board when hired or renewing their contract. They apparently use some of the same attorneys star athletes use when negotiating.

But heck, it's only taxpayer's money, so who cares?
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That's really the point, REW -- the school board basically gave away the farm in negotiating this guy's contract. 17 paid days off in a position where there's no school for three months out of the year already? I know superintendents won't really fully have "summers off" like many teachers do, but still...
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That's really the point, REW -- the school board basically gave away the farm in negotiating this guy's contract. 17 paid days off in a position where there's no school for three months out of the year already? I know superintendents won't really fully have "summers off" like many teachers do, but still...
This guy's compensation package seems fairly in line with the compensation package that our local district's superintendent receives (with a bit over 100,000 students). Newspaper reports indicate this was a fair salary based on national averages for this size district. I'm assuming Austin's district is fairly large?? And don't most government employees, including teachers, get 17 or so days off per year? Most of the upper level administrative positions in school systems are twelve month positions anyway and do not get 3 months off during the summer like teachers.

ziggy, maybe I can place a call to the Obaminator and get you appointed "School CEO pay czar". Between superintendents and investment bankers, us taxpayers ARE getting fleeced!
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Opppsss on me.... I was thinking of sick time for teachers...

But there was a limit of half a year... but could be mistaken...
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And don't most government employees, including teachers, get 17 or so days off per year?
Teachers here get five days of paid time off each year. Of course, they also get quite a lot of holidays.
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That is surprising, entry level teachers in Austin earn $7000 more per year than teachers in my city. But they get about 90 days off per year up here.
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That is surprising, entry level teachers in Austin earn $7000 more per year than teachers in my city. But they get about 90 days off per year up here.
Well, by "here" I mean the town I live in and where my wife will be working in August, not in Austin (which is an hour's drive away). I don't know what AISD educators get in terms of paid time off.
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