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Broward School District Toilet-Scrubbing Consultant Paid $100,000 Per Year

If you thought February's grand jury report alleging the Broward County School Board wasted away hundreds of millions of dollars on contractors and lobbyists was as bad as it could get, think again.

Meet 52-year-old Reynolds Hedland III, the hundred-grand-a-year cleaning instructor on the Broward School District's payroll.

What exactly does he do?

Who knows, but according to the Sun-Sentinel, his job description includes teaching school janitors how to "maintain the cleanliness, orderliness, appearance and safe condition of schools."

Yeah, he's a consultant to public school janitors.

Hedland spends 58 days a year teaching school janitors how to mop and wax floors, while his other 183 working days are spent doing what reports call "work similar to head custodians."

The total annual price tag for such a janitor extraordinaire -- $108,000.

Compared to most teachers in the district, Hedland easily makes double their pay -- never mind the 1,400 teachers who will be earning $0 after being laid off last week.

Still, district officials insisted Hedland's 26 years of experience qualified him for the job, omitting his lack of college degree or teaching certificate.

On the plus side, he did earn a satisfactory rating in his last job performance review -- although his actual job duties weren't listed on the form.

When the paper asked Superintendent Jim Notter about Hedland, he acted as if he was unaware of a six-figure janitor on the payroll.

"We're looking into the issues," Notter told reporters.

We bet you are.

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Matthew Hendley
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