Baker school superintendent rejecting new contract
POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 10:48am
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.