Baker school superintendent rejecting new contract

POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:42pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 9:48am

BAKER, La (WVLA)--Time is running out for the superintendent of the Baker school system.

Dr. Estes Taplin's current contract with the system expires at midnight tonight, and board members say Taplin has yet to sign it.

Baker School Board vice president George Gallman says negotiations have been going on for more than a month and he's surprised Taplin has waited this long.

"I would have preferred that there would have been a definite response yay, nay, but the final offer has been made and it's up to him to determine," said Gallman.

Taplin is at his home in Mississippi tonight. He tells NBC33 he has no plans on signing it.

He blames a reduction in salary and benefits as the reason he's rejecting it.

"When I got the contract it had been cut tremendously, and the benefits have been cut," said Taplin. "And that being the case, I only had one option, and that is to reject the contract."

Taplin's current contract with the system has him earning $114,400 a year.

Taplin has been superintendent for the last two years.

Board members are expected to reveal a contingency plan tomorrow if Taplin doesn't respond to their offer.

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4 of the 5 seats are contested. Dr Carpenter is elected by default. Ms. Elaine G. Davis is seeking, again, a seat on the City of Baker School Board.

In the very first City of Baker School Board meeting, Ms. Elaine G. Davis said "I am opposed to a separate City of Baker School System, and my constituents are opposed to a separate City of Baker School System. I am here to represent the interest of my constituents."

How do represent that interest? Would it be to work to insure failure?

Nice Photo. Taplin's resume shows that he has been employed at numerous places over the last 10 plus years and most positions, in the last 10 or more years, the period of employment has been 2 years or less.

Gallman Forget Taplin's work history and look at your own...YOU were a failure in EBR, and have now been ousted from Baker. Now that you have been voted out and Freudenberger is gone, there goes Langlois' hopes of being Superintendent! Why wait till now to mention Taplin's work history? As a board member, didn't you know this from the beginning???

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