Archive for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Board to take final vote on contract Jan. 12

Tonganoxie School Board Office 330 E. U.S. Highway 24-40. 913-845-2153

Tonganoxie School Board Office 330 E. U.S. Highway 24-40. 913-845-2153

December 17, 2008

The Tonganoxie School Board will take a final vote at its January meeting to decide whether to renew the contract of Superintendent Richard Erickson.

Board president Diane Truesdell said Tuesday the board would make the final vote at that meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Tonganoxie Middle School library.

“The vote we took was the intent to non-renew,” Truesdell said about the Dec. 8 vote. “The final vote will be taken at the January meeting.”

At the December meeting, the board voted, 4-3, on a resolution with the intent not to renew Erickson’s contract.

Voting for the resolution were board members Kathy Baragary, Leana Leslie, Kay Smith and Doug Tate. Voting against the resolution were Darlyn Hansen, Mildred McMillon and Diane Truesdell.

Erickson, 54, has been superintendent for the Tonganoxie School District the past 12 years.

In a written statement given to The Mirror after the Dec. 8 meeting, Erickson included a list of accomplishments. Some of those were new programs, cost-saving measures and the passage of a $25.3 million bond issue in 2004, with the help of patrons.

Some specific accomplishments Erickson listed were: establishment of the USD 464 student transportation program, which Erickson estimated saved the district $550,000 through 11 years; the addition of college dual credit and advance placement classes at THS; establishment of the ninth-grade student career counseling and class scheduling program; and implementation of many cost-saving and revenue-stretching measures.

But during the last two years, Erickson also was the subject of an assistant’s contract buyout and a mill levy filing error he submitted to Leavenworth County that cost taxpayers nearly $370,000. Erickson proposed this year that the mill levy be reduced to compensate for the error, with interest.

The district bought out the contract of Jamie Brun, director of operations, after a short time on the job in 2007. On one occasion, Brun and Erickson had an argument that led to Brun calling 911.


katblu 9 years, 4 months ago

The publisher of The Mirror should interview Ms. Truesdell, Ms. McMillion and Mr. Hansen. They should be given the opportunity to explain to the taxpayers and the people that voted for them, why they want to keep a superintendent that has ignored federal law, and falied to supervise the principals and assistant principals. Why are they so willing to keep a superintendent that bullyed a co worker so bad that it cost the taxpayers $57,000. Our schools are a financial mess and they think the superintendent that got us into that situation needs to be rewarded with a contract and raise??? Please tell everyone your logic in giving someone a contract that has harmed our schools and our school districts reputation. The superintendent always says.. the buck stop here as he points to his desk.. Its time to send the "buck" to the pasture and hire a professional to fix the mess the superintendent has put our school district in.


Thelma Shelton 9 years, 4 months ago

Just wondering, why the board needs another vote? Is it even legal?


getagrip 9 years, 3 months ago

I read in amazement the letters of support for Dr. Erickson in the December 23rd edition of The Mirror. Apparently none of you have seen or had the displeasure of experiencing the "real him". Apparently you are folks who can afford that tax mistake and can afford to have the contracts of employees bought out using taxpayer money. He is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He is a bully. Maybe you should talk to employees who work with him and see what they have to say. I applaude those school board members who finally said enough is enough. I only pray they can stay strong through the final vote. Under his leadership, or lack thereof, it will only be a matter of time before more lawsuits and contacts are bought out. Can the school district really afford this (him) ?


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