Governor Questions Benefits Reward During Budget Crunch

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Education Commissioner Jon Draud has
withdrawn a request for additional benefits after the governor
raised questions about it.

The Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to give the
state's new education commissioner 20 days of vacation and an
additional 30 sick days.

Gov. Steve Beshear then questioned the propriety of offering the
increased benefits during a tight budget year.

The Courier-Journal reports on its Web site that Draud will not
accept new benefits. Draud says his request was reasonable, but it
should have been negotiated when he was hired.

Draud asked for the change after finding out the benefits he had
at Northern Kentucky University wouldn't transfer to his new
position.


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  • by diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    He (Beshear) has to find the money for those casinos somewhere. Why not education?
  • by Carl on Feb 15, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    It's difficult to see how awarding anyone a contract excessive to that of others in the same profession could do anything other than bring reproach upon the institution of public education. I too share the frustration of many citizens when hearing that such demands are still made, whether at the state or local school level, and supported by either state or local school board members. I encourage all school board members in the State of Kentucky to let this event again remind them of the need to be fair and ethical in their decision making for education of students.
  • by Mary Location: KY on Feb 8, 2008 at 02:42 PM
    Does anyone know where or how to obtain a copy of the previous budgets that have led us to this mess?
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 8, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    30 MORE sick days? 20 MORE Vacation days? That is 10 work weeks off out of 52! How much does he actually have to work? Can I have his job? Finally, @Lady from Ky : I HOPE you are being sarcastic...
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Feb 8, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    He thought he was going to get 120 sick days when he came? And now he wants 30 days a year of sick time??? Why can't all state employees get 30 days of sick time? Is he planning ahead to use sick days as "sick-ation" days, that's why he wants so much? Or does he have a secret disease that we don't know about that he wants to make sure he has enough paid time off for in the future? There's just no sense in giving anyone 30 days a year (a full 1/12 of their time) of sick time. With his vacation, he only has to work 10 months a year with his 50 days off. What a joke!
  • by Lady Location: Ky on Feb 8, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    This is right...at least we are moving in the right direction now.......Congradulations
  • by Delphia on Feb 8, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    Didn't check his contract very well. Is this the man for the job? I too question those days.
  • by WHAT? Location: PRESTONSBURG on Feb 8, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    IF A CHILD WAS TO MISS THAT MUCH, THEIR PARENTS WOULD BE IN COURT. I THINK 30 SICK DAYS IS A BIT MUCH. ON THE OTHER HAND WHY DOES THE IDIOT GOVERNOR CARE? OH, THAT'S RIGHT, HE NEEDS TO CUT SPENDING ON EDUCATION SO HE CAN TAKE US ALL TO THE CASINOS. SORRY KIDS, YOU CRAPPED OUT BECAUSE THE GOV GAMBLED W/ YOUR FUTURE. NO WONDER WE ARE THE ILLITERATE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE COUNTRY. YOU CAN 'BET' IT'S GONNA CONTINUE.

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