Board’s action betrays trust of voters

Letter, Daily Local News, 1/11/12

It was with great dismay that I read the article on page 2 of the Jan. 3 edition regarding the employment of Jeffrey T. Sultanik as the negotiator for the West Chester Area School District. I view this decision as a substantial abrogation of public trust and betrayal of those financially conscious voters who put them in office.

Why, after running on platforms of business savvy and negotiation skills, would those newly elected school board officials waste what amounted to almost a quarter of a million dollars (approximately $70,000 for Mr. Sultanik and $150,000 for the PR firm that he brings with him) to do the job that they were hired to do at no additional cost to the taxpayers?

What adds insult to injury is that, as stated in the article, no other candidates were considered or interviewed, nor do all of the board members have any experience, personal or professional, with Mr. Sultanik.

There were no bids. There was no search. They just decided to throw away $250,000 of the taxpayers’ money.

By the way, that number is what his services cost the district in 2002. I’m sure that the cost has risen in the intervening 10 years. At $200 an hour, I’m sure that Mr. Sultanik is very appreciative of the bounty that the WCASB has dropped in his lap and has already started his billable hours.

If this is their first decision, how can we trust them to run a district that educates our children in a first-rate manner?

West Chester