Friday, December 16, 2016

Dr. Gray says goodbye for $195,000

How many times can I write "You can't make this up"?  Former JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray got a final paycheck of $195,000.  JJ obtained record of his payment through a public records request.  See for yourself:


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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuck him, his bow tie, and everyone who approved that payment.

Anonymous said...

He had 3 or 4 years remaining on his contract. No doubt the payoff was in return for his resignation. Payoff was probably less than legal fees and ultimate severance pay had JPS chosen that route. Contracts have consequences; ask our college football teams. This move is defensible; decision to extend contract and raise salary (and probably to hire him in first place) is not.

Anonymous said...

What JPS graduate typed this spreadsheet? Since when does the "$" sign go after the amount? I was taught, although it was a long time ago, that the "$" sign precedes the amount.

Anonymous said...

Did the Board ever describe the nature of this payment? The Attorney General has opined regarding the "donation" clause in the state constitution that there needs to have been a contract or promise to pay under which the benefitting officer performed. Bonuses or severance payments without prior agreement are illegal donations. An exception is to pay a legitimate legal claim or settle a potential lawsuit. The Board should explain to the public the specific legal reason for this payment. People get terminated all of the time without walking away with money.

Anonymous said...

"maintenance" next to last column, mistake or attempt to cover ?

Anonymous said...

This should be the icing on the cake for the Governor to take over the District and fire the ENTIRE board for this disgraceful waste of taxpayer money. Dr. Bow-tie should have been fired For-Cause and not given one penny. Period.

Anonymous said...

The state should take control of Jackson's governance.

Anonymous said...

Put 1/3 in Rankin
Put 1/3 in Madison
Keep 1/3 in Hinds

Start over

Anonymous said...

If you produce you get paid; if you don't produce you don't get paid. It's not rocket science! So why was he paid anything?

Fire Them All.. said...

Contracts are contracts. If the party of the first part who drew up this contract on behalf of the district did not have any performance clauses in the document, he/they should be caned.

So, where is the FOI request for that? Why doesn't KF lay out what the man was required to produce (but didn't) in order to meet the obligations of the contract?

Get your own blog in 3...2...1
Hit the tip jar in 4...3...2

Anonymous said...

@2:58, it's the same JPS scholar that works for the MDOT that operates the electronic signs on the interstate that warns you of a "crash" when it should be called a "wreck". These JPS scholars that continue they education at JSU have changed everything we know. It's a cultural thing and we as taxpayers are supposed to sit back and allow them to be stupid.

Kingfish said...

You make a good point and I will ask for it.

Anonymous said...

The Airport and now possibly JPS.

The race card will be played in 3...2...1...


BTW: Maybe the State will take over Jackson's one cent sales tax project management too.

Anonymous said...

It's neither a mistake or an attempt to cover.

"District Maintenance" is generally defined as the funds a district has that aren't restricted or encumbered... essentially spending the savings account of the item isn't budgeted.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'd say that expense is a misnomer, then. And intentionally so.

Anonymous said...

You would think the city would be able to pay the electric bill if they can throw away money like this!

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