N.O. School Board Opts Not To Nullify Contracts Of Two Top Staffers

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The interim Superintendent of  New Orleans Public Schools Stan Smith said he was surprised Monday when he saw the school board could consider terminating his contract.  It was a last-minute addition to the agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting.

Board President Ira Thomas pushed for terminating the contract and renegotiating it.  He said the board failed to follow proper procedure when the contract was initially approved.

Instead, other board members pitched and passed their own plan to simply fix any problems with the contract and ratify it without throwing it out.

“I was willing to do whatever it took to get this resolved and to move it forward.  We should not be distracted in our business by adult issues, and this is sort of an adult issue,” Smith told WGNO News after the board’s vote.

The board also talked briefly about the lingering issue of requesting proposals to hire a superintendent search service.  Newly elected members of the board were unfamiliar with the history of the idea, and no action was taken.

The board also went into executive session to consider nullifying the contract of Deputy Superintendent of Charter Schools Kathleen Padian.  But no motion was made once the executive session ended and the agenda item died.