Consider This: Severance Pay

It's time for a vocabulary lesson. According to Webster, the definition of the word "quit" means to depart from, to leave, to bring to an end, to give up for good.

I'm sure you already knew that, but I'm not certain the people responsible for educating the children of New Hanover County know that, because last month the school district superintendent, Dr. John Morris, quit his job. He resigned voluntarily. He cited health reasons and the desire to do something different. Then, last week, he announced he is taking a position with the Guilford County schools.

Now, I don't know about you, but any time I've quit a job my boss would give me a handshake, maybe throw a going away party and wish me well in my new endeavor. Sometimes, I didn't even get the handshake.

The New Hanover County School Board handled it a different way. They gave Dr. Morris $12,000 in severance pay. Let me clarify that. The school board gave Dr. Morris 12,000 TAX dollars in severance pay! What? Severance pay for someone who quits? Does that seem right? What's really going on?

If the school district forced Dr. Morris out we could understand the compensation, but for that to happen the school board owes us something first. They owe everyone who pays New Hanover County taxes, especially the parents of New Hanover County schoolchildren, an explanation.

Employees quit jobs every day, in every industry in this country without receiving severance. That's the way it works in private-sector businesses. Of course, a business has its own hard-earned money to consider. The New Hanover County School Board only has our hard-earned money to deal with.

That's what we think. Tell us what you think.