Vaitones done June 30

Business manager job posted, nomination nixed

By Kim Lincoln | May 28, 2014
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Scott Vaitones, left, will serve his last day as RSU 13 business manager June 30.

Rockland — Following a year of turmoil, Regional School Unit 13 is advertising for a business manager.

Current Business Manager Scott Vaitones said he is done working for the district Monday, June 30.

"My contract does end June 30 unless I were to be nominated by the superintendent to continue and board approved. The superintendent has told me he is unwilling to nominate me so I am done June 30," Vaitones said by email May 28.

Vaitones was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-November by former Superintendent Lew Collins. The two had a disagreement over budget items; Vaitones contended there was an over-expenditure in the special education budget, but Collins and district auditors both said a shortage in the food service budget, which the business manager is responsible for, was to blame for budget problems.

District officials have said by year's end the food service budget will be about $350,000 in the hole. At a district budget meeting May 27, voters chose to approve spending $170,000 to help deal with the deficit. The budget goes for a final vote at the polls Tuesday, June 10.

In the midst of a termination hearing in February, the school district voted to settle with Vaitones.

As part of the settlement agreement, the business manager's contract was shortened one full year, from June 30, 2015. Vaitones also admitted accounting errors were made and accepted responsibility for them, according to the agreement.

The job is being advertised on servingschools.com with an anticipated opening date of July 1. It was posted May 19.

Interim Superintendent Michael Wilhelm said the contract does expire at the end of June and the district posted the job with the hope of getting someone in place before July 1.

The district is also searching for a superintendent. Collins resigned from his position in December with his last day being Feb. 15. The district settled for nearly $100,000 with Collins.

Wilhelm was hired in February for a per diem rate until May 30. He has agreed to stay on the job until June 30.

Job postings for the superintendent position closed May 20 and eight people have applied for the job, according to Board Chairman Steven Roberts.

Oceanside High School East and West principals Larry Schooley and Tom Forti also have resigned from their positions.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 30, 2014 09:13

It seems to me that the district is losing more of its valued employees than getting on with the work of educating children. I should think that resignations galore would tell the electorate something is internally wrong.

Mickey McKeever



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