Wednesday, May 6, 2009
As The Lakewood Scoop reported here last Friday, Board Of Ed Attorney Michael Inzelbuch was granted a $50/hour raise, bringing it to a total of $250/hour. The app is now reporting the story with some more detail. School Board Attorney Michael Inzelbuch received a 25 percent raise last week, igniting ire among some as the district prepares for further staff layoffs and faces a voter-rejected tax-rate increase. The Board of Education voted unanimously April 29 to increase Inzelbuch's pay from $200 to $250 per hour, although afterward several members complained of not having enough information to vote intelligently. "I was duped,'' said Jonathan Silver, who was elected this year on a platform of fiscal responsibility. He added that he voted for the raise largely to avoid confrontation during his first board meeting … something he now regretted. He and others claim that the vote on the appointments and re-appointments of more than a dozen professionals and consultants at the reorganization meeting was rushed and the agenda vague. For example, there was no comparison listed of Inzelbuch's previous fees to show the increase. "I'm embarrassed to say I wasn't aware,'' member Leonard Thomas said by phone this week. "To say the least, with some of the challenges the board is having and the staffing problems, I am a little discouraged that there was a raise at this time.'' Despite the large increase, Inzelbuch's fees remain below those of other attorneys hired by the district, some of whom are charging $400 per hour or more. Yet the one other firm that vied for Inzelbuch's job offered to do it for about $200 an hour. "When you're laying off teachers, it's preposterous that something like that would be approved,'' said Bill Hobday, a senior resident. "Sacrifices need to be made at the top of the ladder, too,'' said NAACP leader Jim Waters. You can read the entire article here.
Posted by TLS Editor at 10:51 AM
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