|By Kathy Boccella, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
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Kirby worked for the 3,200-student district from
In a routine review of school district spending,
In an interview Friday, Scott said DePasquale's report had "about eight errors" in it, although he said he could not recall them. He said the district corrected the errors and the auditor general's office "refiled the report with more errors in it."
But DePasquale said the "overall thrust" of the report was accurate.
"We stand behind that," he said.
After the districts raised concerns, some corrections were made to typos found in the document, he added. He said he had no comment on Kirby's return to the district.
Scott said that the board has offered Kirby the job that he had accepted, however the parties still were negotiating a contract. The agreement would be voted on at the next school board meeting on Thursday, when all eight board members were expected to approve the hire, he said.
One reason board members wanted Kirby back is that they felt he was the best person to help search for a permanent replacement, Scott said, adding that Kirby would not be a candidate.
Scott said they hoped to have a new superintendent in place by
Kirby could not be reached for comment.
According to the auditor general's report, Upper Perkiomen let Kirby carry over 100 sick days that he had accrued in his previous post as superintendent of the
In addition, his initial contract capped his raise at 6 percent, but the board amended the contract in 2006 to give him a 15 percent pay hike. That raise was meant to be in lieu of reimbursements for travel expenses and unused vacation, but another contract amendment gave him five more vacation days annually and a per diem payment for up to 50 vacation days, the audit found.
His 2009 contract outlining retirement benefits called for Kirby to be paid for up to 90 unused sick days at
Scott said DePasquale's characterization of the contract "was his opinion and wasn't fact." Kirby "was paid according to his contract," he added.
While Kirby, hired in 2004 at an initial annual salary of
The teachers new contract does not include raises for those at the top of the salary scale, he said. It was ratified in October, around the same time as the auditor general's report on Kirby's generous retirement deal was released.
"Some people were upset," LaSalle said. "Personally I don't begrudge anyone that negotiates that in their contract."
More disturbing, he said, was that teachers have been kept in the dark about Yonson's replacement.
"We should have a voice in the direction of our schools," he said, "but we don't even know what the plan is."
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