Critics: School Superintendent Contract 'Way Over the Top'
Critics are accusing the school board of the Westonka District of giving excessive pay raises and benefits to the district's superintendent, part of a new contract finalized last week that some call "way over the top."
"It's unacceptable," said former school board member Tom Notch, who lost re-election last year.
The district, whose board approved the contract by a six to one vote, counters that the costs of replacing Kevin Borg, now entering his seventh year as leader of the 2,235-student district along Lake Minnetonka, would far exceed his nine percent salary raise this year and next and the severance pay and health benefits included.
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"Our superintendent has been consistently very low paid," Dave Botts, chairman of the school board, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in a phone interview Monday.
"Based on his accomplishments leading the district, it was very important for a majority of the board to get him to an acceptable salary."
Watch our story above to hear more from both sides and see how the contract compares to other districts.