Letter: Jordan District 'buyout' is appalling

Published August 8, 2014 5:04 pm

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We are residents of West Jordan and support the Jordan School District with our taxes, although we have no children in the district.

We are appalled by the story regarding the "buyout" of Burke Jolley's contract. It appears that Mr. Jolley voluntarily "removed" himself from district employment. We believe this constitutes cancellation of his contract. To reward him with half a million dollars in salary and benefits, not to mention an unearned bonus for the coming year and purchase of more retirement credits, is unbelievable and disgusting. It appears that when you have a professional contract with the Jordan School District, you get paid very well, whether you work or not!

Mr. Jolley's unwillingness to comment is not surprising. That the board would now engage him as a consultant strains credulity.

Let's hope that The Tribune can open this can of worms as well as they have done with the attorney general mess, and that the funds promised to Mr. Jolley can be put to better use educating the kids.

Peter and Sandi Hahn

West Jordan