AUDITOR GENERAL Jack Wagner warned School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie earlier this month that contract buyouts shouldn't be done in the dark.
Archie obviously didn't listen.
Wagner yesterday called for an audit of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's deal, which was brokered in secret for weeks before officials announced Monday that she would walk away with a $905,000 severance package.
Wagner said in a statement yesterday that full details of buyouts should be available to taxpayers. He criticized the waste of tax money used in buyouts of several superintendents in the state over the past six years.
He also called for an audit into the $50,000 buyout paid to former Allentown Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak, who served only one year of a five-year contract after stepping down as state education secretary.