All about the kids?
Former Pinellas County superintendent Julie Janssen claimed just last month that her entire career "has been focused on the kids." Now that she has been fired, her focus is on her bottom line at the expense of Pinellas County taxpayers. The School Board should continue to stand firm.
A look at the numbers in the dispute between Janssen and the Pinellas County School Board now that she's no longer working:
$402,998 Janssen's undisputed severance, including one year's salary plus accrued vacation and sick time
$105,600 Janssen's estimated annual pension from the Florida Retirement System
$151,800 Additional money Janssen claims she's owed but the majority of the board opposes, including more money for her retirement and a car allowance.
$36,925 Starting salary of a new teacher in Pinellas schools
4 Number of new teachers the district could pay in a year for the additional $151,800 Janssen seeks.
$583.87 Anticipated school taxes that the owner of a home with the median school taxable value of $69,633 will owe in 2011.
260 Number of such homes that would be needed to cover the disputed $151,800.
3 Number of years Janssen was superintendent in Pinellas County