I hear through the grapevine that Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is allegedly attempting to force the Jefferson County Board of Education to hire his personal friend, Jerry Weast, the retiring superintendent of Montgomery County Schools in Maryland.
The reason? To serve as a “consultant” in the hunt for a new JCPS superintendent at a cost of $5,000 per day and to “review curriculum.” Holliday wanted JCPS to pay for half of his salary – at up to 40 days – and said the Kentucky Department of Education would pick up the other half of the tab. Despite, of course, Holliday not having the power to do anything of the sort on the money front with KDE.
One school board member (who offered to go on the record with me – I’d rather make the mainstreamers work for this story) says Holliday has been pressuring them for weeks and that two members have driven to Frankfort on more than one occasion to hear Holliday out.
Can you imagine? What the heck is in the educational water, anyway?
And if KDE just has a spare $50,000-$100,000 in a sock somewhere to pay Holliday’s friends, then why isn’t it being put to better use?