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Exit terms for EACS chief settled

Deal to cost board $200,000

Green

– East Allen County Schools has agreed to pay Superintendent Karyle Green more than $200,000 to resign as the district’s leader 18 months before her contract ends.

The EACS board announced this week that the district and Green mutually agreed to separate. The board tasked president Neil Reynolds and secretary Stephen Terry with finalizing a separation agreement, signed by both board members Wednesday.

Reynolds said Green has yet to sign the pact but that “it’s her intention” to do so.

He said the agreement allows the district to move forward to continuous improvement of the district for students, staff and the community.

“We need to have a superintendent we can rally behind and support and move forward with,” he said.

According to the agreement, the board has placed Green on administrative leave, but she will remain the superintendent until the end of the business day today. Reynolds said Green, who never moved permanently to the area, is already back at her home in South Bend. He said she is in communication with her staff by phone.

Green is to discharge her superintendent duties “to ensure both stability during this transitional period and maximum flexibility going forward,” the agreement states.

Green will receive about $196,000 in severance pay along with about $7,000 for unused, accrued vacation time. She will also be paid salary and wages through today, or about $2,800. The severance pay includes contributions to retirement funds, money for a vehicle allowance Green would have received in her contract and lump-sum payments until June 30, 2014, unless Green takes another job.

If Green opts to continue health insurance coverage through the district’s plan, East Allen will pay the premiums for Green and any dependents through June 30, 2014, or when Green is eligible for coverage through another employer.

Green has an additional week to revoke the agreement after signing.

Green announced in early January that she would resign when her contract expired June 30, 2014. At that time, the board and Green began negotiating the separation, Reynolds said previously.

Reynolds said the board plans to name an interim superintendent at its board meeting Tuesday.

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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