There’s plenty of money to be made by Huffmaster Crisis Response, LLC., by prolonging the teachers strike in Reynoldsburg. That’s money that Reynoldsburg taxpayers had intended to be used to educate their children, but is instead being directed primarily toward strike management operations, especially security. And this begs the question – who’s truly running the school district right now?
Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning was hired in January to a three-year contract with a base pay of $157,500. She has some other perks such as a $10,000 annuity and a $7,800 allowance for automobile, communications and other expenses, but let’s just focus on her base pay at the moment.
At $157,500, she was the highest-paid employee in the district. Since the superintendency is a 24/7 job (now more than ever) that breaks down to $431.51 per day for the 365 days a year she is working. (For “weekdays only”, the rate is $605.77.)
The school board’s contracts with Huffmaster contain some amazing figures that show that Thomas-Manning is no longer the top dog in Reynoldsburg. She is now outranked by the following Huffmaster consultants:
- Woodie Goodnight, Contingency Planning – $800 per day (plus expenses; all expenses invoiced at actual cost)
- Mr. Green [that’s what the contract says], Strike Coordination & Implementation of School Day operations – $500 per day plus $50 per diem = $550/day
- Mrs. Green, Strike Coordination & Implementation of School Day operations – $500 per day plus $50 per diem = $550/day
- Security Personnel Senior Account Manager – $800 per day (plus expenses; all expenses invoiced at actual cost)
- Security Site Coordinator – $45/hour, minimum 12-hour day + $45 per diem = $585/day (plus single occupancy room)
- (5) Security Supervisors – $34.50/hour, 12-hour day + $45 per diem = $459/day (plus single occupancy room)
- (8) Security Documentation Team Members – $61/hour (8-hour day?) + $45 per diem = $533/day (plus lodging)
As we mentioned before, we did not include Thomas-Manning’s annual perks of $17,800 so that we could compare just the base daily pay of these individuals. We’re guessing the Huffmaster employees aren’t staying at your local Motel 6 (they’ll leave the light on for you), but even if we assume every Huffmaster has found a room for only $99/night, that would be a housing allowance of $36,135, over twice the amount of the perks for the superintendent!
In our experience, the organization chart for companies typically have the highest-paid employees at the top. It now appears that Tina Thomas-Manning has fallen down to #19 and Huffmaster is now clearly running the show.
Wonder if she’ll wear her new employee number taped on an orange shirt to school tomorrow…