Even as Paul Vallas is preparing to walk out the door after more than two years as school chief, the nails-against-the-blackboard irritation continues. His latest issue with the Board of Education centers on a battle over extension of health insurance benefits. Vallas has received nearly $500,000 since he joined the district. He can’t cover his own benefits once he leaves the district? His health insurance should be extended through June as he’s campaigning for lieutenant governor of Illinois?
Vallas’ predecessor John Ramos received a sweetheart health insurance extension to age 65.
This really is a great message for Vallas on the Illinois campaign stump: extended health benefits for everyone making $234,000 a year.
Linda Conner Lambeck from the CT Post has more:
The new school board, meanwhile, expects him gone by Feb. 7 — two months after it accepted his verbal resignation. At issue is a request by Vallas for health insurance coverage through June.
Steven Nemerovski, Vallas’ attorney, said his client may be willing to end his employment earlier in exchange for an extension of his health insurance benefits, according to board attorneys.
Board Chairwoman Sauda Baraka, who is standing by the Feb. 7 date, called the request a “stick up” in an email to board attorney Donald Houston.
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