Donald Prush: Money at the top

November 20, 2013 

Your Nov. 19 news article “Converting perks to salary boosts officials’ retirement” on the astronomical salaries of community college presidents was beyond belief. I find that the latest practice of converting certain fringe benefits to salary before retirement to increase their pension calculation to be downright fraudulent. It is obvious that the relationship between the trustees and the presidents of these community colleges is too cozy and not in the best interests of the taxpaying residents of this state. I suspect that there are similar arrangements in our major universities.

State legislators need to put a cap on both the salaries and the fringe benefits of all the administrators at both the university and community college levels. I even suggest we reduce all the administrative level salaries by one-third and assign that money to the teacher salaries where it belongs.

Donald Prush, Holly Springs

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