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Pay Challenged for Interim Assistant Superintendent

Vote to pay for Andrew Rinko's first five days in Hillsborough fails.

A resolution on the Hillsborough Board of Education's agenda to pay Interim Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Andrew Rinko for five days work in December failed to pass at Monday's board meeting. 

The resolution sought approval for payment for Rinko's work on Dec. 14, when he attended a training session on the district's new teacher evaluation system; Dec. 20 and 21, when he worked with departing Assistant Superintendent Scott Rocco; and Dec. 27 and 28, two days regular 12-month employees are paid for during the winter break. 

Rinko is filling in until newly-appointed Guy Whitlock can begin.

But board member Judy Haas questioned the resolution, noting the board had discussed Rinko's starting date at the Dec. 17 board meeting and planned for him not to start before the new year. 

And, she added, she "would not be in favor of retroactive dates."

Superintendent Jorden Schiff apologized for any confusion, noting that he had always assumed there would be some overlap with Rocco before his departure, as well as Rinko's attendance at the training session.

"I felt it was important for him to be part of the training," Dr. Schiff said.

When the resolution came up for a vote, Haas and Dana Boguszewski voted against the measure. Since members Thomas Kinst, Jennifer Haley, Thuy Anh Le and Chris Pulsifer were absent, the resolution failed—ironically, it was Rinko who pointed out five board members must approve contracts.

sammy January 16, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Pay for five get maybe two full days... LOL!!! Education PAYS Where else do we pay for days off when they dont officially start until the beginning the next month. Usually i dont cotton to Judy Haas, but bravo. Well done
Joseph Trybulski January 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Administrative staff work over the winter break. No one was getting paid for days they didn't work. The teaching staff do not work during the break, not administrative. Dr. Rinko worked all of these days and deserves to be paid. His work maintained continuity of essential programs and time sensitive initiatives in progress during this transition.
BWMO3 January 17, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Is the same courtesy afforded to long term substitues when a teacher goes out on leave? This seems just as, if not more of, an important transition. My understanding is that long-term subs are offered one day of paid time (at sub rate, not the per diem they will be getting paid) and that is all. Many of them choose to come in for extra days as it does benefit the students, but those extra days are unpaid.
ed January 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Take it out of the superintendent's pay. He is the one who neglected to tell the board the correct start date.
Steve January 17, 2013 at 03:25 PM
No approved and signed contract, then no pay. Thanks Andrew for volunteering your time.
Yafos Bengueri January 17, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Why are there only 2 of 6 board members at the meeting? Is this a fluke or are there members that often miss meetings?
S.G. January 17, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I thought that the number of absent board members was odd, also. The meetings that I have watched on TV seem to have most or all members present.
John Patten (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Most of the absent members were reportedly ill or tending to family members who were ill. There were five members present, in addition to Haas and Boguszewski, board members Deena Centofanti, Greg Gillette and Lorraine Soisson were presented and voted for the resolution (sorry if that wasn't clear). And generally, all of the members are present for the meetings.
Nerak January 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Look at that more waste. Go figure.
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