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Do not to go jail; collect $73,000

Posted: Thu May 02, 2002 11:37 pm
by Webmaster
We find the Tomahawk School District settlement with fired district administrator John Sarnow hard to swallow. We know there are lots of people in the community who feel the same way.<p>Seventy-three thousand dollars sure seems like a sweetheart of a severance package for a guy who just got fired. It is more than most taxpayers in the school district make in a year, that is for sure.<p>We wondered by Sarnow did not fight harder to keep his job. It seems he did better to just go quietly and take the departing contestant gifts he was offered.<p>At a time when many working class families are without health insurance due to the sky-rocketing cost, Sarnow has $33,000 to spend on the health and dental insurance of his choice. The district also had to buy out his unused vacation and sick time.<p>Sounds like a great deal; but it is all in this contract, which makes no distinction between termination and retirement. A clause in the contract does, however, provide for the expiration of the contract after the superintendent is dismissed. The school board chose to honor the contract and fork over the $73,000. No muss, no fuss, but a heck of a lot of money, especially at a time when state school funding is so uncertain.<p>We still feel there are different kinds of termination. People lose their jobs every day to layoffs, downsizing and corporate takeovers. These circumstances often and understandably result in top executives getting that axe and being offered a sizable severance package. A generous contract settlement with an administrator who got fired following an criminal conviction is more difficult to understand.<p>Sarnow’s contract settlement isn’t unusual, though. He, like most people in his position, had a good contract that protected him from just about anything, even himself. Cushy settlement packages are common for top-level executives in private corporations and public sector administrators. These people are handed golden parachutes, regardless of whether they are jumping out of the plane voluntarily or being pushed. Those of us on the shallower end of the salary pool cannot help but be ruffled by it, especially when we are the ones paying the taxes that fund the settlement.<p>In the Tomahawk area, there are probably only a handful of folks who draw the kind of salary Sarnow did. At $92,940 a year, he was certainly the highest paid public employee in the area.<p>It is hard to feel sorry for a guy who makes over $90,000 a year, gets fired for stealing a bottle of booze and trying to cover it up, and then walks away with $73,000 of our money. But we still do have a certain sympathy for Sarnow.<p>While we are currently focusing on what he got, we need to remember what he gave up. There was his sizable salary, of course. And, at 53, he was into the home stretch of his career. Now he is back in the job market with a big black mark on his resume.<p>That was one expensive bottle of Kahlua.<p>[ May 02, 2002: Message edited by: Webmaster ]</p>

Re: Do not to go jail; collect $73,000

Posted: Fri May 03, 2002 8:29 am
by pat
"But we still do have a certain sympathy for Sarnow.
While we are currently focusing on what he got, we need to remember what he gave up. There was his sizable salary, of course. And, at 53, he was into the home stretch of his career. Now he is back in the job market with a big black mark on his resume."
I for one have no sympathy for Sarnow! With a $93,000,00 per year salary he could well afford to BUY his booze, My husband and I earn less than $40,000 per year, have a child headed for college, have all the bills like everyone else and PAY for everything we need. If we can’t afford it, we do without!
So, he’s back in the job market with a big black mark on his resume. That is all his own doing! Maybe he will have to learn how to live like the rest of us. He won’t have to pay for insurance out of his salary for at least 3 years. Let’s see how he lives on the remaining $40,000.
One also wonders if this is the first time he shoplifted or just the first time he got caught?

Re: Do not to go jail; collect $73,000

Posted: Fri May 03, 2002 10:29 pm
by NurseNell
>>>While we are currently focusing on what he got, we need to remember what he gave up. There was his sizable salary, of course. And, at 53, he was into the home stretch of his career. Now he is back in the job market with a big black mark on his resume.<<<<p>I do not know the man but I do know I certainly can't feel sorry for him. What he gave up he gave up through his own choices. No one held a gun to his head and told him to steal a bottle of booze. He put the black mark on his resume and he cannot blame anyone else. He's a loser.<p>Nell

Re: Do not to go jail; collect $73,000

Posted: Mon May 13, 2002 10:08 am
by frank james
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Webmaster:
We find the Tomahawk School District settlement with fired district administrator John Sarnow hard to swallow. We know there are lots of people in the community who feel the same way.<p>Seventy-three thousand dollars sure seems like a sweetheart of a severance package for a guy who just got fired. It is more than most taxpayers in the school district make in a year, that is for sure.<p>We wondered by Sarnow did not fight harder to keep his job. It seems he did better to just go quietly and take the departing contestant gifts he was offered.<p>At a time when many working class families are without health insurance due to the sky-rocketing cost, Sarnow has $33,000 to spend on the health and dental insurance of his choice. The district also had to buy out his unused vacation and sick time.<p>Sounds like a great deal; but it is all in this contract, which makes no distinction between termination and retirement. A clause in the contract does, however, provide for the expiration of the contract after the superintendent is dismissed. The school board chose to honor the contract and fork over the $73,000. No muss, no fuss, but a heck of a lot of money, especially at a time when state school funding is so uncertain.<p>We still feel there are different kinds of termination. People lose their jobs every day to layoffs, downsizing and corporate takeovers. These circumstances often and understandably result in top executives getting that axe and being offered a sizable severance package. A generous contract settlement with an administrator who got fired following an criminal conviction is more difficult to understand.<p>Sarnow’s contract settlement isn’t unusual, though. He, like most people in his position, had a good contract that protected him from just about anything, even himself. Cushy settlement packages are common for top-level executives in private corporations and public sector administrators. These people are handed golden parachutes, regardless of whether they are jumping out of the plane voluntarily or being pushed. Those of us on the shallower end of the salary pool cannot help but be ruffled by it, especially when we are the ones paying the taxes that fund the settlement.<p>In the Tomahawk area, there are probably only a handful of folks who draw the kind of salary Sarnow did. At $92,940 a year, he was certainly the highest paid public employee in the area.<p>It is hard to feel sorry for a guy who makes over $90,000 a year, gets fired for stealing a bottle of booze and trying to cover it up, and then walks away with $73,000 of our money. But we still do have a certain sympathy for Sarnow.<p>While we are currently focusing on what he got, we need to remember what he gave up. There was his sizable salary, of course. And, at 53, he was into the home stretch of his career. Now he is back in the job market with a big black mark on his resume.<p>That was one expensive bottle of Kahlua.<p>[ May 02, 2002: Message edited by: Webmaster ]<hr></blockquote>

Re: Do not to go jail; collect $73,000

Posted: Mon May 13, 2002 10:13 am
by frank james
Just hope the School District's Attorney(s) write a moral turpitude clause in the next contract for any position within the School Dristrict - kinda gives the young the wrong idea.