Opinion: Outraged by extra pay to former school district employee

By Grace Hausman
Carmel Valley resident

As a past Del Mar Union School District parent, I am writing in regards to the March 3 column by Marsha Sutton titled “Educational Potpourri: Revolving Business Chiefs in Del Mar” concerning the former assistant superintendent of business services, Scott Mann.

The column states that Mr. Mann, who was hired on Sept. 13, 2010, was a probationary employee who could be released at any time, and that after only 40 days, it was mutually decided that the position was not a good fit for him or the district.

I am outraged to read that Del Mar Superintendent Jim Peabody decided to give Mr. Mann an extra month of pay ($9,414, not including an extra months of benefits) “because it was the correct and professional thing to do.”

As a parent who was constantly asked to donate money to the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation for the ESC program, I ask why someone who was on the job for only 40 days deserved to be paid for 30 more days when it was not legally required? This money, I believe, could have gone to programs that benefited the students, not to an ex-employee who lived 70 miles away in Menifee, who already had a consulting business and was serving on Menifee’s City Council. This shocking waste of money was a story that should have been featured on the front cover of this newspaper, not buried on page 12.

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