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Friday, November 16, 2007

Meet Educrat James Mervilde...he thinks he deserves a fat raise to $250,000 year

Educrat James "Bloated Budget" Mervilde
Washington Township School Superintendent

Superintendent Mervilde Asks Board for Golden Parachute

Following the Nov. 6th election, Washington Township Superintendent James Mervilde asked the school board for a raise and contract extension worth over $750,000.00.

Several comments regarding Mervilde’s proposed $200 million construction project are reported by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Indiana Chamber President Brinegar said “hopefully (Mervilde’s plan) is not rooted in arrogance.” Political reporter Abdul Shabazz said the “massive building expansion takes a lot of cohones.” Neighborhood activist, Penny Bigelow thinks that he has greatly misunderstood the dept of anger among property taxpayers.

The day after the election, in a speech given at Northview Middle School, with Rep. David Orenlichter (D) and Indianapolis Star reporter Gretchen Becker in audience, Mervilde criticized the legislature’s handling of the property tax issue and lamented the press representations of his building projects. He also commented that $200 million for new school buildings to go along with his new $14 swimming pool was paltry compared to the $700 million sports stadium and $1 billion new airport terminal. His attitude was that this property tax mess was not of his causing and he should not be inconvenienced because of it.

Mervilde’s three year contract provides total salary and benefits of over $220,000 per year and is not up until June 30, 2009. He now wants an immediate raise in benefits increasing his total package to average a cool $250,000.00 per year and a three year contract extension to June 30, 2012. Cool beans.

After further study of the November 6th taxpayer revolt, he may be reconsidering his vulnerably. Mervilde may be worried that his bus may be headed off a cliff after the upcoming May 2008 school board election. That may be the reason for the recently requested three-year $750,000 golden parachute.
How many teachers could we put in the classrooms with that $750,000?

You may voice your opinion to Washington Township school board members:

President: Mr. Don Kite
Email: dkite@msdwt.k12.in.us

Vice President: Dr. Robert Taylor
Email: rtaylor@msdwt.k12.in.us

Secretary: Mrs. Lori Schlabach
Email: lschlabach@msdwt.k12.in.us

Member: Mrs. Deborah Mullin
Email: dmullin@msdwt.k12.in.us

Member: Mr. Gregory Wright
Email: gwright@msdwt.k12.in.us


colonist said...

Judging from his bloated looks, he best stay away from White Castle.

Anonymous said...

While he thinks he deserves more money, he and his right-hand man (Assistant Superintendent Hibbard) are on a mission to destroy the middle schools with their "fad" blocking schedule. Both have managed to lower the moral of the fine professional educators in the Washington Township with their "sweeping" changes. They are arrogant, pompous and only concerned with one thing, themselves.

Anonymous said...

Sadly Both the Superintendents are a joke, they just take up space and waste the Townships money. Ever since Mervilde took over he could care less what the parents think and is more worried about making jokes about middle schoolers then he is to help work with the middle schools. Hibbard, I am not sure what he does, follow Mervilde around like a pet? I wish the school board would do their jobs and do some "house" cleaning! Washington Township schools is not like it used to be.

Anonymous said...

The media needs to take some time to expose why the Washington Township Board and Mervilde made a decision to go San Diego for a "conference" for several days. I am not sure if Mervilde's right-hand man (Hibbard) is going on the trip. During a time when funding is becoming more and more scare for education, why are they spending a lot of money to venture to San Diego? I am sure that they will come up with some self-serving reason for spending the money for this trip. Mervilde and Hibbart are very good at not answering parent's questions and they are certainly darn good at not responding to teachers' emails nor including the teachers in any decision within the district. The board must get rid of these two clowns because Washington Township is certainly not what it use to be.