Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins may be trying to negotiate an exit deal, but he’s also jockeying for a 4 percent raise for himself, his three associate superintendents and district managers before he goes.
Collins was listed on Sunday’s special board meeting agenda as the district’s “agent negotiator” with managers and associate superintendents.
District staff last month unsuccessfully sought board approval for a 4 percent raise for district managers, retroactive to July 1. Collins also sought one-year contract extensions for his three associate superintendents from June 2016 to June 2017 on Dec. 15, but all four items were pulled from December’s agenda for later consideration.
Collins declined to answer questions about his participation in raise talks.
No board action was reported Sunday, but Collins’ involvement in negotiations could be legally problematic because he automatically gets the same raises his managers get under the terms of his contract, and so do his associate superintendents.
Me-too clauses, as they are called, are legal, but California laws generally prohibit self-dealing to ensure public officials have only the public’s interests in mind. Contracts made by officials with a financial interest in the outcome may be voided in some cases, and the officials can even face civil and criminal penalties.
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What I do not understand why the board members do not gain legal written opinions of these issues. At least the board would be limiting there liability if they are wrong, Or do they already know they are conducting themselves unlawfully in the first place, and do not care, since they make think they are above the law.
I find it appalling that any public employee can earn well into six figures, no matter what stage of his career. For public education executives with contractual obligations for another school year the idea of a raise is even more disgusting. But in the face of what appears to be a prima facie breach of his ethical obligations . . . words fail me.
John Collins, Poway Unified School District Superintendent Negotiating Raises for District Managers — Including Himself?!?!
Board President, Michelle O'Connor-Ratcliff, allows Collins' continued, unscrupulous behavior!
When will this man leave our community and stop robbing the taxpayers?