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York education director guaranteed job after 10-year contract

The director of the York Region school board has what amounts to a job for life there once his unprecedented 10-year contract expires, the Star has learned.

In an unusual clause in his employment contract — a copy of which was obtained by the Star — if the board decides not to renew J. Philip Parappally’s tenure after his decade at the helm, “the director shall automatically be placed in the position of supervisory officer (at maximum supervisory officer salary and benefits …)”

Using access to information requests, the Star obtained the contracts of other education directors in Peel, Halton and Toronto, as well Parappally’s predecessor. None have such a guarantee.

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