It’s a pity that with such outstanding staff Metzler’s leadership could not bring up Timberlane’s academic standing in the state. Taxpayers and elected officials should require a link between compensation and performance in all SAUs. Superintendents should be bonused based on improvement in academics and in district cost savings. Right now Timberlane’s administrators, like most, have no incentive to do either, but somehow Metzler walked away from Timberlane with a handsome $180,000 parting check, a $150,000 consulting contract with Hampstead and the cozy arrangement of having his wife consulting for Hampstead, too. Metzler is also hoping the court will award him some pin money for his claim for unpaid overtime, an audacious use of the court’s time – and your tax money to defend, or pay.
This man will be remembered by many in Timberlane with bitterness and resentment. He left SAU 55 in tatters while his bespoke pockets are heavy with your dollars. Now he is off to a district that consists of one elementary school and one middle school. May the career trajectory continue. Goodbye!