Everyone should review Dr. Schuster's employment contract that is available on the blog (see the "pages" column on the right side of the blog). Section 29 is called "Termination of Agreement" and defines under what circumstances the agreement can be terminated prior to the end date. The last paragraph allows for the superintendent to unilaterally end her contract early, by giving the board 90 days notice, but the provision is clear that if she does so, she must pay the district $20,000 (not as a penalty, but solely as liquidated damages) -- which is the projected cost of conducting a superintendent search to find a replacement. During Monday's meeting, the board did not publicly address how or when it would vote on Dr. Schuster's resignation. Don't they have to do that? And don't they have to collect the $20,000 from her for leaving early? As much as many in the community are not upset to see her leave one year early, unless the board isn't telling us something, she has chosen to leave for family reasons and therefore is breaking the contract. It will cost the district $ to hire a search firm. Let's hope the board isn't planning to ignore this contract provision."
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Will Dr. Schuster be Required to Pay $20,000 in Liquidated Damages for Unilaterally Terminating Her Employment Contract One Year Early?
Moments ago we received a comment that raises an interesting question regarding Dr. Schuster's employment contract. We have decided to publish it as a free standing post because we too are now wondering whether Dr. Schuster will be required to pay the district $20,000 in "liquidated damages" as a result of unilaterally deciding to terminate her contract one year early. (Click to open employment contract.) We'd love to hear from our readers whether you think the board will or should enforce this provision.
"Curious Taxpayer said...