I looked at the front page of the Saturday newspaper and all I saw were dollar signs – specifically, $153,793 in severance pay for Paul Kasunich, the outgoing superintendent of the Trinity Area School District.
When I retired from my position as an administrator for a group of surgeons, my severance pay was a thank-you for a job well done. I didn’t receive $3,700 for vacation, personal and sick days. Health insurance, eye and dental coverage – never happened to me. Nor did $1,732 for a one-year life insurance policy. Receiving $20,000 in regular salary, payment for unused and accrued vacation, personal and sick days and reimbursement for outstanding expenses is like opening a goodie bag containing lots of money.
Kasunich is being paid all this money for doing a bad thing. What kind of a message does this send to our young people?
I understand the credentials Kasunich brought to Trinity play a part in his salary and benefits, but this is just going too far. He had been suspended with pay while waiting for this situation to be resolved, so it seems to me that taxpayers in the Trinity Area School District have done their share to make this transition smooth for Kasunich.
I am sure this has not been as easy situation for everyone involved, but it is really hard for me and, I am sure, many others, to understand how this kind of money can be paid to someone who is in a position to set a high standard for young people and ends up breaking the law. This is just wrong.
Virginia A. Trois