Up next on "Lifestyles of the Rich and School Superintendents" is a North Texas super who has been gifted with a really nice house and a pool on five acres courtesy of taxpayers. Though the school district promised the nearly $700,000 home was to be torn down to build an access road to the fine arts academy or for additional educational facilities, superintendent Susan Hull is living large in the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 2,700 square foot home, according to EAGnews.org. A local news station, Fox 4, has blown the lid off of this scandal.
Proving that governments spend way too much money, the property has only been appraised for $400,000 and they’ve already spent thousands more on improvements, according to the report:
[T]axpayers also footed the bill for $125,000 in renovations to the home that were never approved by the school board.
The former school board president, Terry Brooks, alleged the money went toward mold remediation, but district records showed otherwise.
Receipts for the renovations included a $45,000 fence to surround the property, patio ceiling fans, granite counter tops, $1,200 in caulking around the home’s large in-ground pool deck, and a new driveway.
Keep in mind, Hull is exempt from paying property taxes because her home is owned by taxpayers. And, if the home is slated to be torn down like was originally promised, the city overspent hundreds of thousands of dollars on wasted improvements.
According to district policy, the school board must give approval for anything costing over $50,000, yet, $80,000 in improvements were split across two invoices and dated one day apart to get around that little inconvenience.
If that’s not bad enough, Hull rakes in $360,000 in salary each year with bonuses topping out at $84,000. Meanwhile, poor Hull has to pay $2,000 a month in rent to the school district to live there. But don’t feel too bad, she gets $1,000 housing allowance in her benefits package.
See, there are great careers to be had in public service!