When you have a rotten melon you throw it out. What, specifically, has Melin done that would justify buying out his contract (at about half a million) so we could let him go?
I'll take some easy ones. (this list comes from public comments made at the July 5 board meeting)
He spent 2.6 million on the Jeff radio station, exceeding the 2 million dollar limit in the funding mechanism he employed.
He hired a communications consultant for the bond referendum and paid him up front (before the referendum was formally requested) so that he could skirt the law on using taxpayer money to promote a referendum. Miraculously, the consultant "volunteered" his time right up to the referendum.
He attempted to break the remodeling projects into pieces each under 2 million to avoid petition and remonstrance, The state stepped in and stopped him.
He raised money to "enclose open concept areas" for "student safety" and is using a portion of that money to fund the closing of Spring Hill and Maple.
He mismanaged projects. He spent 162% of the budget on the Jeff's auditorium and will end up at about double the budget for the Marshall Center.
That does not even touch the academic performance issues at our schools.