Retired Superintendent To Resign After Payment Flap
Wayne Township, Former Superintendent Agreed To $1 Million Payout
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A retired superintendent under fire for accepting a $1 million payout will offer his resignation from his consulting position, 6News learned Monday.Former Wayne Township schools superintendent Terry Thompson is expected to reach an agreement with the district this week, according to Jon Bailey, the school district's attorney who reviewed the contract in 2007, 6News' Kara Kenney reported."In hindsight, I wish I had done more to inform the board," Bailey said, adding that at the time, he thought the board was aware of what they were signing.Last week, board members asked Thompson to resign his superintendent emeritus position, which pays $1,300 a day for seven months.Bailey said that because Thompson's successor came from within the district, the emeritus position may not be necessary for the transition.If Thompson resigns as superintendent emeritus, it could save the district $200,000. He retired in December after 15 years with the district, receiving more than $800,000 in severance.In an Aug. 4 memo, Thompson detailed $10.2 million in budget cuts the district made since 2007, including trimming 127 positions.Budget documents showed the district also made reductions in other areas, such as elementary basketball, math textbooks and energy costs, while teachers did not receive a raise in 2009-10 or 2010-11 school year.The State Board of Accounts said it will look into the matter when the district is audited in the fall.