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Thursday, January 15, 2009

James Mervilde, Washington Township's Superindendent (salary + perks = $250k) takes San Diego junket?

UPDATE: We were just notified today that it was MSDWT Board President Don Kite who instigated this vacation in San Diego using scares MSDWT dollars.

We wrote about James Mervilde and his fat paycheck back in October 2008. Evidently someone at Washington Township is irritated enough that they looked up past postings about him and left this comment. In fact, two different comments were left this week on that old post. If you know anything...feel free to tattle. During the Governor's State of the State address, I couldn't help but think of Mervilde as school administration costs were mentioned. We spend somewhere around $11,000 per student each year now. The comment below sounds like it is from a teacher (making many times less than Mervilde) who is undoubtedlyl too afraid of retribution to go anywhere but a blog and post. Gannett's Indy Star won't likely dig deep.
DeleteAnonymous 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.


Anonymous said...

It's time to start asking for public records. Ask for every receipt from that trip. Ask for every piece of documentation related to it, and get it out in the open for all the public to see. We need to start holding these spendthrifts accountable. They're spending OUR money, but they don't like answering to us for the way they spend it.

Paul K. Ogden said...

It's long past time to reign in these outrageous administrator salaries and benefits. Melyssa you've done taxpayers a favor by bringing this stuff to light. Keep up the good work!

melyssa said...
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Paul, in the non-professional blogger world you, Gary Welsh, and Diana Vice got it goin' on as far as I'm concerned.

I'm still new to doing the work of an unpaid journalist. However, I'm always happy to pass on intel from people who are close to the fire.

Pete Boggs said...

Norm Cox will be interested in the details of this trip. And why not have a crowd of Marion County Taxpayers see them out- I mean off?

Paul K. Ogden said...


Don't sell yourself short. You do a fantastic job.

Unpaid? I don't have a check coming?


Paul...I think my claim to fame should simply being showing you how to change the color of your blog and helping Diana learn that she could blog to be that thorn in the side of naughty greedy politicians in state government.

As far as blogging...I'm a mere minor irritant compared to you two.