Saturday, March 5, 2011
Minkoff settlement funded
The Cape Cod Times reported this morning that the Town of
issued a check for $165,000 to fund a settlement reached in January in its lawsuit with Maxine Minkoff, former assistant superintendent. Sandwich
She was hired in June 2009 and notified of her firing on November 20, 2009, though she remained on the payroll on “administrative leave” at least through the end of 2009. The 2009 town annual report (which covers the calendar year) places her earnings at $68,750.
Her annual salary was $125,000.
The firing was blamed on a 2% reduction in Chapter 70 aid and a circuit breaker funding cut totaling nearly $650,000, which was unanticipated when the fiscal year 2010 budget was finalized.
At the time, Superintendent Johnson said that it came down to a choice between laying off teachers or laying off Minkoff. The school committee voted 5-2 to confirm ending Minkoff’s contract, with Sherry Marshall and Jessica Linehan voting not to pull the trigger.
The settlement is being paid $80,000 by the town and $85,000 by the town’s insurance company. No one has speculated about the effect this settlement may have on the town’s insurance premium, but it’s probably wise for the insurance company to wait until after the current superintendent’s case is resolved before recalculating the policy premium.