More details released in superintendent severance deal
Rockland — An agreement between Regional School Unit 13 and outgoing Superintendent Lew Collins was released Jan. 8.
The deal provides Collins with his full salary, health, dental, and disability insurance through Dec. 31, 2014. In addition Collins will be compensated for 19 unused vacation days and the chairman of the board will provide Collins with a reference letter. The board also may not contest any application for unemployment compensation after Dec. 31, 2014, the agreement states.
The agreement was signed Dec. 30, 2013 by Collins and Board Chairman Esther "Tess" Kilgour.
Collins, per his contract, is paid $108,000 per year. His contract was set to expire in June 2014, but the superintendent resigned the position Dec. 31, 2013 after several months of turmoil in the district. In October, both teachers and administrations sent letters of no confidence in the superintendent's leadership. The resignation is effective Feb. 15.
In November, Business Manager Scott Vaitones was placed on paid administrative leave after he said Collins overspent the special education budget by $500,000. Collins denies the over-expenditure.
Collins has cited lack of full support of the board for his departure.
The deal also calls for Collins to release any and all claims, complaints, grievances, charges, attorney's fee claims, actions, suits, causes of action, damages, costs and liabilities. Collins was granted a grievance by the board in a closed-door meeting Nov. 8.
According to the agreement, Collins will help in facilitating a smooth transition for his replacement as superintendent.
The board is expected to discuss the superintendent's resignation and how to proceed with an interim superintendent at the Thursday, Jan. 9 public board meeting. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at McLain School.
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