Not surprisingly, another media reporter gets it wrong once again.
In a story about Jim Notter’s last day as Superintendent, Channel 7’s Derek Hayward reported that Frank Till was fired because he refused to be “bossed around” by the School Board.
Meaning that Hayward hasn’t got a clue.
The reporter needs to read the law and find out who works for whom.
But here’s a little clue for Hayward:
While Till was fired “without cause” as outlined in his contract, the underlying reasons(transgressions if you will) were nonfeasance, dereliction of duty and misuse of authority.
Hayward should learn the facts:
The definition of nonfeasance is : “a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do.”
Firing a criminal caught in the act would qualify as a “legal duty to do so.”
So would calling the cops.
Dereliction is defined as willful negligence.
Nonfeasance in the form of refusing to fire or take any action against one of his department heads engaged in committing the Federal Crimes of bid rigging and taking graft.
Not once but twice.
If exposing criminal activities and demanding action is what Hayward considers as “bossing around” the Superintendent, so be it.
Enter dereliction of duty.
Notter ultimately had to fire the guy when he, himself, got caught up in the continued graft since Till’s refusal to fire the errant department head only emboldened him to continue.
Misuse of authority can be (and was) as simple as setting a district wide policy without knowledge or consent of the School Board.
Perhaps Hayward should try such acts with his Assignment Editor or the Station Manager and see what the result would be despite his “popularity.”
But Hayward misleads his viewers in one other area of the story when he mentions the legal troubles of both Stephanie Kraft and Beverly Gallagher.
Gallagher, serving three years in federal prison actually voted not to fire Frank Till, but Hayward never bothered to mention it leaving viewers to believe that not one, but two of those rascally Board members who fired Till had their own legal troubles.
This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve run into “media folks” that haven’t a clue as to the real stories and it won’t be the last.
But being a former member of the “Eyewitness news team” we always had a chuckle with their news team for overemphasizing their stories. (Overemphasizing is the kindest way to say it.)
Oh, and Derek, I paid for my “crime” of firing a corrupt, inept, non feasant and insubordinate Superintendent.
I’d suggest that Hayward read Watching Broward to learn the story behind the story of the school district.