The entire April 20 meeting is linked below. If you want to skip the discussion about the school construction contract, you may listen only to Superintendent Manuel's pitch for the Board to review his contract by clicking this link which starts at 11:14. (text below).
I am requesting us to look at my contract again. I want to look at the length of my contract and the terms so I was also at a conference this past week where we were discussing the penalty that is in my contract and (unintelligible) said that that is not a legal component of my contract, so part of this is I want to look at my contract again.
Here is a link to his current contract:
The legal component that he is referring to is likely Section 19(B) of the above link, stating that if he decides to leave early, he will pay $15,000 for a search for a new superintendent. Apparently someone told him that is illegal.
As you can see, his current contract does not expire until June 30, 2020. If he wants to look at the length of his contract, presumably he wants this contract extended, even though the current contract is not up for two full years.
The current contract was voted on two years ago. Although the vote was unanimous approving the contract, some Board members were on record stating that they preferred the contract to be shorter (video link here). Ironically, it is the $15,000 penalty for breaking the contract that is one of the reasons that the Superintendent gave for his deserving the four year contract (video link here).
Is this the best time for the superintendent to be attempting to extend his contract? Houston High School is currently embroiled in two scandals, discussed in When Truth is Stranger than Fiction-- GMSD Scandals 101 and Former Houston High Principal Fails to Report Allegations Against Choir Director, and there are numerous outstanding questions about the handling of the scandals. Tomorrow I will address some of the questions that have been raised by the scandals.