Broward School Board Continues Lawyer Fiasco

By Bob Norman, Tue., Nov. 9 2010 @ 12:20PM   www.newtimesbpb.com The Daily Pulp
Categories: Broward Politics
 

The Broward County School Board has a bad case of emeritus.

You might think that after the stink caused by the Broward County School Board's plan to give outgoing Ed Marko a $266,000 salary to serve as general counsel emeritus (for the unwashed that's pronounced  ih-MEH-ri-tus, not really like a disease) after he leaves his position, the board members might just throw that idea out the window.

Gottlieb a no-show.

Yeah, you'd be wrong. Today -- moments ago, in fact -- the board voted 5-2 to approve the position for Marko, though the salary is still up in the air. That'll be hashed out later.  

They pushed the controversial item through, mind you, despite the fact that four new board members will be seated at the next meeting and should probably have their say on this controversial issue. And the new members will have a say later; it'll be a decent litmus test for some of them.

Leading the charge for the Marko gift were a couple of the usual suspects, Maureen Dinnen and the outgoing Bob Parks. Voting against it, to their credit, was Robin Bartleman (I'm starting to like her) and outgoing Phyllis Hope.

Not present, conveniently, was board Chair Jennifer Gottlieb because of a -- wait for it -- doctor's appointment. Gosh, JenJen, a lot of times you only have to be at work one day a week. Did you have schedule it today? 

The vote on Marko's position shows just how entrenched these board members are. Hell, the idiotic move to give Marko the emeritus position and all that money was one of the factors that drove the attorney they chose to replace him, James Stokes, to throw his hands up and quit before he even started.

But hey, the election was last week -- who cares what the voters think now?