Controversy Over Burnsville School Official’s Severance

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — There is more fallout from a controversial severance package given to a Burnsville school official.

Parents and teachers are demanding answers after human resources director Tania Chance resigned six months into her job and received $254,000 dollars in pay and benefits.

District officials say they can’t provide details because of data privacy rules. Burnsville State Representative Pam Myhra wants to change that.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

“We’re talking over a quarter-million dollars. That’s a lot of money for a school district to have to pay out” said the Republican lawmaker.

Myhra is introducing a bill on Monday that would require full disclosure for any future payouts over $10,000.

  • chuck

    Another case of an administrator reaping benefits that are wrong and would NEVER be afforded a classroom teacher.

  • Rox

    This Data privacy when it comes to our money is a joke. I think it needs to be stopped. Anyone can walk away with lots of money no explanation given as to why our money was used in this way. tsk tsk tsk

    • Vote NO on your next Referendum

      Folks, this is an easy one. They had to pay her because she had a contract with the school. If the school refused to pay her, she would have taken the district to court and would have easily won! Then the school would have to pay all her lawyer fees and all the other BS.

      • Hello!

        Didn’t she resign voluntarily?????? She wasn’t forced out!

        • John

          @ Hello –

          Really?! Hmmm… Let’s just say the “Race” card was going to be used.

    • Also think it's a joke!

      Ya, That is “public” money. Thus, no privacy!! Just don’t understand how they can get away with this. This is our money.

  • William

    check out her website. you would think the “district” would have done a bit of due diligence prior to hiring the candidate.

  • BS

    It’s time to vote these people out of office and keep doing it until they understand they are working for us. If they are not elected make them give a resignation immediately.

  • Goober

    “Myhra is introducing a bill on Monday that would require full disclosure for any future payouts over $10,000.”
    that should be changed to be any payment over $1.00.
    It’s our money we want to know where and why it is spent.

  • Jay

    From the headline it seems Chance resigned her position before her contract was up, right? If thats the case, then stipulations should be included in contracts to address vacating positions before half of the contract period costitutes a percentage of loss of negotiated wage and benefits. Its frickin ridiculous that kind of money is paid out on the short term position. Its no damned wonder why WE the taxpayers are in an uproar over salaries/benefits paid to teachers. Some of these people will cost us money for years after their gone. That too, should be addressed and changed to allow benefits for a couple of years instead of lifetime. The WI Governor had the right idea!

  • Spanky

    i smell a levy, suckers.

  • Grynch

    That money is for educating children not for rewarding employees that resigned six months after starting the job. Prime example of what public unions are doing with our tax dollars and a prime example of why our public education system is a failure even though we spend over half of our budget on it. Go ahead liberals… tell me it’s the parents fault as that is typically your only excuse for our failing public education system. How can we hire more teachers and reduce class sizes if they are spending over ¼ million on one employee that doesn’t even play a role in educating children? Somebody needs to report this to HR, wait… never mind the director of HR just ran off with a ¼ million after just six months of service.

  • Ace

    Next time you see a sign that says: “VOTE YES FOR KIDS’, think twice and vote no. Make them live within their means like everybody else has to.

  • Bubba

    Typical conservative rant. This is not reflective of how well the education system is working in Mn. All you negatives love to seize on anything that will support your view. Students are getting a quality education, there are some areas for improvement, but ragging that the system is broke is totally off track. Every facet of life has their bad apples. You think you pay too much taxes, how about too much for groceries, or gas or clothes. The only area you want to b-itch about is taxes, makes you feel all warm inside, I guess. lol

    • Grynch

      Typical liberal excuse: “every facet of life has its bad apples”

      How does this not reflect how well our education system works when they are blatantly spending tax payer’s dollars for education on things that aren’t education related?

      I wouldn’t constitute being ranked in the lower one third of the US in education as “quality education”. Get on Google and find out what MN is ranked nationwide in education and then find out how much we pay towards education compared to states with better ranking education systems then try to tell me that kids are getting a “quality education” and that tax payer’s are getting their moneys worth.

      Yea, I b—ch about taxes, they are taken from me by force and used for someone else’s agenda. I don’t have to buy gas or clothes if I don’t want to.

      • Ace

        Why do only homeowners have to pay school taxes when other people living in apartments and subsidized housing can vote to raise taxes that they do not have to pay? The system stinks. So very unfair

        • Jay

          The owners of those rentals pay taxes on their properties, which is then passed on to the renter in higher rents paid.

    • Cindy

      I choose to buy gas, groceries, clouths… taxes (my money that I earned) is taken from me and given to some one else without my consent. This is theft. That is why I b–ch about taxes. Gads if you had to pay taxes and not live off the government (my money) you would feel the same way. You are such a Odumba lap dog Lol….

    • John

      @ Bubba…

      You Guess?

      I’m afraid this is typical, we’ve seen thiese stories before. We’ve heard stories before on WCCO where a Superintendant hardly showed up for work. The day is coming where Americans are not going to put up with this any more! I look forward to that day…

  • Jay

    More information is available on the Trib site. NOW, Id say the importance of releasing information should be mandatory!! Things DO NOT sound koscher.

  • Bubba

    You pay less taxes than you’ve ever paid in your life, so get over it. There’s waste everywhere you turn. You get to rant about taxes because you know your rants fall on deaf ears when it comes to “choices”. You have to eat, drive, etc. Poor little babies can’t get anyone to listen, but rant about taxes and they have to listen. lol

  • joel

    If the public actually knew what kind of wages and benefits that the administrators and priciples,vice principles and the overload of employees in the school district centers and the waste of money that goes on the public would be shocked.
    Alot of what goes on with school boards are the reason for alot of it

    • John

      this is public tax money, their salaries should be made public, just like public officials.

      This story is sickening….

  • j speedbag64

    just get rid of the city of burnsville

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