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Taxpayers on Hook for Two Principals at Ringing Rocks

Reported agreement between the Pottsgrove School District and former Ringing Rocks Principal Michelle Bozzini leaves taxpayers responsible for two salaries but only one principal.

A reported agreement between Pottsgrove School District and former Ringing Rocks Principal Michelle Bozzini, who abruptly left her position in the middle of the year, will force taxpayers to pay two principals for the remainer of the school year.

According to the Pottstown Mercury, the 10-page agreement guarantees that Bozzini will continue to collect her $110,553 salary until the end of the school year. At the same time, the school district will be paying $500 per day to Bozzini's replacement.

Bozzini, whose abrupt departure has been shrouded by a confidentiality agreement, will also continue to receive health insurance and life insurance benefits, the report states.

Barbara Guy, a previously retired principal for Owen J. Roberts Elementary, will continue to serve as Bozzini's replacement until the end of the school year, at a salary of $500 per day, the report states. Additionally, the report states that Guy will not receive medical benefits or mileage reimbursements.

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truthsayer February 07, 2013 at 01:27 PM
This is pretty typical practice in education. I don't understand why people are suddenly shocked and angered over a practice that is commonplace? Is it because you didn't realize this happens all the time? Ms. Guy retired and has probably banked a million dollars in her retirement account, based on an estimate of her years of service and her last few years of earnings in her previous position. Now, she contracts out to Pottsgrove for $500/day to serve as interim principal, which is a common fee paid by school districts for such services. Ms.Bozzini has a contract, which must be honored, and she is able to negotiate additional terms, for reasons to which we are not privy. These sorts of agreements and are extremely ordinary, yet this suddenly becomes newsworthy and has created anger and frustration with taxpayers? Where have you people been all these years? I have to think the administration of Pottsgrove SD is sitting around thinking "why is this news?...we do this all the time."
Bill Bunt February 07, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I understand that this may be commonplace, and everything may be on the up and up. The problem is the TAXPAYERS are footing the bill for this, and as taxpayers we should have every right to know what we are paying for, and WHY we are paying for it.
Lynne Hallman February 07, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I can't believe an elementary school principal makes $110 000! My dad was principal of SF junior high. When he retired early (forced out) he was making $30,000. My brother made more at the time as a starting pharmacist with Thrift Drug. Wasn't even licensed yet. What a racket these teachers have going.
Thomas Hartman February 07, 2013 at 07:13 PM
If she out and out abandoned her position then she deserves NOTHING! If the administration had a hand in her departure, as taxpayers, we deserve to know the details. In any case, come election time it is time to clean house of all incumbents unless there is more transparency - confidentiality agreement or not!

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