Is The Traverse City School District Ignoring A Gift, Or Is That 'Gift' Completely Valueless?
What does the largest government body North of Clare do when it sees a case of vendor provided payoff to an employee?
It blesses the transaction. <– yes, that is the punchline
As yet another example of misplaced priorities, and a misunderstanding of the roles they play, the Traverse City Area public School board trustees have approved a ‘settlement’ which involves a payment from the soon-to-retire superintendent Stephen Cousins, and a gift from one of the school’s vendors to make up the difference between the $25,000 owed to the school district by the superintendent and his $14,800 cash reimbursement component.
First a recap of the facts as we know them.