By Uncle Irvin
The recent announcement by Unionville-Chadds Ford Superintendent Sharon Parker that she is retiring “to spend time with the family” is difficult to digest on face value.
Two years ago, Ms. Parker negotiated a new contract with a substantial pay raise with a lame duck school board a year before her contract expired.
She resigns now with 2 years left on her new contract.
It doesn’t make sense that Ms. Parker would have signed a new contract with all the rigors that went with it knowing that she wanted to spend more time with family.
It is more likely that Ms. Parker decided to retire because of the new paradigm of mass public support for cutting spending and not raising taxes, along with the inability to negotiate a new contract with the U-CF Teachers Association Union.
Maybe Ms. Parker “got out of the kitchen because she could not stand the heat”– good advice courtesy of former U.S. President Harry Truman.
Regardless, we hope Ms. Parker enjoys her retirement and the school board searches for a new Superintendent with a business background.