Burlington's New School Superintendent Is Still in Canada | Off Message
Pin It
Favorite

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Burlington's New School Superintendent Is Still in Canada

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 4:51 PM

click to enlarge Yaw Obeng - MOLLY WALSH/SEVEN DAYS
  • MOLLY WALSH/SEVEN DAYS
  • Yaw Obeng
It's July 1, and the new superintendent of schools in Burlington is ... not in Burlington.

The school district still has not obtained a work visa for Canadian citizen Yaw Obeng, the suburban Toronto school administrator who was originally supposed to start his $153,000-a-year job in Burlington today. 

Obeng's contract has been amended to a start date of no later than October 1. Interim superintendent Howard Smith has agreed to stay on to fill the gap. 

In an interview Tuesday, Smith said he's optimistic that the district, which has applied for two different types of visas on Obeng's behalf, will obtain a preferred visa that would allow him to stay in the country permanently. Until then, the district cannot pay Obeng.

The government asked for additional documents about 10 days ago, Smith said. Attorneys hired by the district for the visa application say it's moving along routinely, Smith said.

He thinks the visa could be in hand this month, and Obeng could start before August. "My gut tells me that the way things seem to be unfolding, that the transition will take place sometime in July,” Smith said. Obeng has been "actively engaged in transition planning,” Smith added. 

The school board in May acknowledged the July 1 start date was unrealistic and approved contract changes for Obeng and Smith in June.

The amended language for Obeng's contract states: "The commencement of Dr. Obeng’s period of service as superintendent is authorized to be no later than October 1, 2015, but may commence earlier if Dr. Obeng is present, ready and able to assume full-time employment duties." It also allows for a transition period with Smith and Obeng serving together prior to October 1. 

It goes on to say that: "Dr. Obeng’s salary shall commence as of his first day of full-time service to the district rather than as of July 1, 2015."
 


Tags: , , , ,

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

About The Author

Molly Walsh

Molly Walsh

Bio:
Molly Walsh is a Seven Days staff writer.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Off Message

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation