"Certification is, of course, valued," Brown said in late 2016. "But we understand there are individuals with content knowledge who can come in immediately and teach. We see the value in content knowledge available to help our students."
District officials let him explain his absence in a release announcing several personnel moves, including Brown's job change, where Brown thanked the district for supporting him during "health challenges." He initially kept his $175,000 salary in the new job, which was supposed to pay a maximum of $64,000 according to the job description posted online.
When he left the district, he was making about $80,000.
Brown did not arrive at the school district with the best fanfare. Brown — whose previous employment included a stint with Kansas City Public Schools during Green's time there as superintendent — was announced as an interim human resources director in January, along with two other interim directors who also had previously worked at Kansas City Public Schools with Green. A search firm had been tasked with finding candidates for several jobs and paid more than $100,000 to do so. But the jobs went to candidates
suggested by others at the school district and selected by Green.