March 03, 2006

And in related handbasket news...

Schools pay staff for 'doing nothing'

News staff writer

The Birmingham school system is spending at least $400,000 each year for salary and benefits of employees on paid administrative leave, school officials said.

That cost sometimes is as high as $800,000, said school Superintendent Wayman B. Shiver Jr. He wants to reduce that amount as the system deals with cuts in state, city and federal money.

Currently, 21 Birmingham school employees are on paid administrative leave, a result of a backlog in hearings on their alleged offenses.

"We shouldn't be sitting here with people sitting out a year, two years without any action" school board member April Williams said. "Having employees getting paid to do nothing, to me, is us being totally irresponsible and not being good stewards." [...]

Ya think?

Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 3, 2006 11:11 AM

Referring to your earlier post are there more we can pay to do nothing?

Posted by: jim at March 3, 2006 11:33 AM

I imagine there are probably a few folks who'd be better off in a different line of work.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 3, 2006 11:40 AM