May 24, 2016
Blackboard Rumble In Allentown
School fights usually take place about a block from Allen, but this one is taking place behind the scenes on Penn Street, with the Allentown School Board. A molovinsky on allentown exclusive; A simple majority of the school board wants to buy superintendent Russ Mayo's contract out, although he has only one year left to go on it. Buying the contract out would complicate a replacement search, because better candidates are weary of superintendents being replaced for political reasons, and that would be the only conclusion one could reach about Mayo's departure. Currently, five board members favor a buyout, while the other four feel that Mayo is being made a scapegoat for the discipline issues associated with the school district.
Apparently, Mayo has the confidence of the business community, as he was able to solicit substantial donations to fund the new district run charter school, Building 21. Besides saving the buyout money, the board could probably attract better candidates for 2017-2018 year, without the stigma of having bought out two superintendents in a row.