Resigning RSU 13 superintendent to receive pay through 2014
Rockland — Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent Lew Collins, who announced his resignation Dec. 31, will be paid through December 2014.
In an agreement with the district, Collins, who will serve his last day Saturday, Feb. 15, will receive pay and health benefits through Dec. 31, he said by phone Jan. 6. He is paid $108,000 per year. It is estimated he will be paid about $95,000, plus benefits.
A copy of the severance package agreement will be made public after Thursday, Jan. 9, he said.
He announced his resignation last month citing a lack of full support from the board for his decision.
Both teachers and administrators have sent letters of concern to the board since the start of the school year regarding Collins' leadership. Collins has continuously stated he is only performing the duties asked of him by the board.
Business manager Scott Vaitones was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 14. Vaitones has said he informed the board about $500,000 the superintendent had authorized for special education positions in the district that had not been planned for in the original school budget. Collins served as special education director until this summer when a replacement was hired.
Helen Slocomb, who works in the business office as an accounts payable specialist has been tapped to fill the job on an interim basis.
Board chairman Esther "Tess" Kilgour said Jan. 2 she has spoken with officials Maine School Management Association regarding an interim superintendent.
A spending freeze has been in place in the district since mid-October for any non-mandated purchases, which includes expenses related to conferences, courses not mandated by an agreement and any other discretionary spending that can be reasonably controlled, Collins previously said.
Collins said Jan. 6, the spending freeze was only in place for items the administration team agreed to and they had "met their targeted goal" in those areas.
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