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J-E school board resolves ongoing personnel issue

At their most recent meeting, the Jordan-Elbridge School Board approved a settlement agreement with a former teacher over disciplinary action taken by district officials some time ago.

Superintendent James Froio said the teacher, who was not named, will be paid her annual salary of $54,000 for one year, without the district being held responsible for her benefits and retirement.

“The resolution that was approved at the meeting was in exchange for an irrevocable resignation from employment with the district,” he said.

Froio said the settlement— which was reached by both parties’ attorneys— was in the best interest of the school district.

“There’s no strings attached to the district beyond (the salary),” said Froio. “So basically, it’s a clean break from the district.”

Froio, who is in his first term in the district, did not release details on what circumstances spawned the disciplinary action approximately two years ago.

District officials will have the option to pay the $54,000 in one lump sum, or over a one-year span.

As for other agenda items, the school board approved a resolution to continue using the existing annual professional performance review (APPR) plan put in place for teacher and principal evaluation until the requirements are set forth by the New York State Department of Education.

Froio said although the resolution was approved, no action has been taken on the new system at this time.

“It is a work in progress, but we posted that resolution on our web site so people know that it’s in the works,” he said. “But it’s far from a finished project at this point, as is across New York State schools.”

Froio said the evaluation system still needs to be discussed with the teachers unit and negotiations still need to be made.

The Jordan-Elbridge school board will meet next at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the high school large group instruction room.

Renee Taylor is a freelance writer for the Eagle Observer.

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