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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
In justifying Taxpayer Handout Godley declares: "I am an employee of the district."
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In justifying Taxpayer Handout Godley declares:
"I am an employee of the district. Am I any less of an employee?"
An Orange County Register story reports that Orange Unified Superintendent Thomas Godley is fighting for the lifetime 6% retirement buyout: “Godley said Tuesday that he should be considered for the benefit.”
The story quotes Godley as follows: "I am an employee of the district. Am I any less of an employee?" he said. "We won't look at it individually by employee, we'll look at it as a group and see if it would be an overall savings.”
The story goes on to quote long time Godley supporter Trustee Kathy Moffat:
“Trustee Kathy Moffat said she still needed to study the plan before Thursday's vote, but defended the idea.
"We are facing major budget crises," she said. "Every district should be looking at ways such as this to save money and ease the pain."
Moffat’s declaration of a “budget crisis” comes despite her votes over the last three months of pay increases to Godley, teachers and administrators. The OUSD Administration provided documentation to the Board for each of the raises that they could afford the pay hikes.
In the same article, OUSD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services is attributed with the following bleak budget prognosis:
The district might be forced to slash its budget up to $13 million next year if the governor's statewide education cuts move forward, said Jon Archibald, assistant superintendent of business services.
To read the OC Register Story:
Buyout plan could aid Orange Unified superintendent
District officials say it could save money overall;
critics wonder about its timing.
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