Is $80,000 for Superintendent to Leave the Right Move?
Some believe the payments as agreed upon are necessary for the district and Conrad Farner to head in their respective directions. Others wish the money could be used on something else.
The Greenfield School Board agreeing to pay Greenfield Superintendent Conrad Farner $80,000 in a tax-sheltered annuity as agreed upon through a separation agreement Monday has received mixed reviews.
There are those who believe the money should have remained in the district.
Said Greenfield Patch user “Robert”:
"Isn't $80,000 about what a teacher makes with benefits? So we paid someone the value of a teaching position so they would go away and take a job that they were already going to take?"
Patch user “Jen” said:
“He should not have received the tax annuity. Greenfield is tight on money as it is.”
Even Greenfield School Board president Bruce Bailey, the only board member to vote against the agreement, told Patch Farner “shouldn’t get a dime.”
But others thought the payments were the right move in order for both parties to go in different directions.
Said School Board candidate Robert Hansen on Patch:
“I understand that the board did do the right thing in this case. I am glad Bailey said what he said because he is right, but having the opportunity to turn a page in the district was the right thing to do."
And Patch user “karen k” added:
"How attractive would we be if Greenfield hadn't settled with Conrad? Why would a new (superintendent) even take a chance at such a challenging position if it appears that the board and community might be hostile."
Greenfield School Board member Rick Moze told Greenfield NOW, “It was something we felt we should do.”
In addition to the TSA payout, here are more terms of the separation agreement:
- The TSA payment schedule is $40,000 in 2013, $25,000 in 2014 and $15,000 in 2015.
- If at any time Farner becomes employed as a superintendent at a salary of $140,000 or more, the TSA payments will end.
- Farner’s personnel file will contain only those documents already in it by Jan. 7, when the contract was signed.
- The agreement releases the district of any claims or damages made by Farner resulting from any action by the district which arose on or before Jan. 7.
- The agreement is not to be construed as an admission of any wrongdoing or liability by or on behalf of Farner or of the district.
- The agreement is a result of unique facts and circumstances and shall not serve as a precedent in future situations.
- Farner will continue to receive medical insurance benefits at the same level he had been receiving them through Feb. 28, 2013.