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How much will Dwight Jones' resignation cost taxpayers?

Darcy Spears

How much will Dwight Jones' resignation cost taxpayers?

CREATED Mar. 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Superintendent Dwight Jones' resignation comes with two years still left on his contract. That's leaving many wondering how much money it will cost taxpayers.

Those who worked closely with Jones says he put in long hours and focused on little else but he was paid handsomely for it.

He signed a four year contract in October 2010 making more than $340,000 a year in salary and benefits.

While he'll only be paid through his last day, which is March 22, the question still remains whether he'll have to pay to break his contract. It requires him to give 90-days notice. 

"What I asked the trustees because of the health of my mother is that they release me earlier, but I still wanted to make time to make sure there was a smooth transition. That's why the date was picked for March 22nd," explained Jones.

That's only two and a half weeks notice. So, we asked what's being done about the obvious breach of contract. 

"We'll have that conversation when we look at the contract," explained School Board president Carolyn Edwards.

During the 2010 superintendent search, the Board of Trustees hired a recruiting firm to find qualified candidates, a move that cost about $50,000. So could taxpayers be on the hook for another $50,000 to hire his replacement?

"I think there are well possibility that there are internal people who can do that. It may be that we need to look outside," said Edwards.

Jones is leaving due to a family illness, saying in a statement that his family needs him and he'll never have the opportunity again to spend time caring for his mother.

But, he'll be caring for her from a different state. She lives in Texas and he is moving back to Colorado, where he worked before coming to Las Vegas.

"Whether it's this job or supporting my family, it's 100% and right now my mother needs my full attention and this isn't a part time job. The Clark County School District job is a difficult job and the kids deserve our full attention and our best effort," said Jones.

The Jones' own a home in Colorado. His wife has employment opportunities there and they say that will likely serve as home-base for them while he manages his family needs.

The school district will take up many of the money questions, including the breach of contract, at a meeting next Thursday, March 14 at 9 a.m., and Action News will be there.

 

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