According to the severance agreement between the North Syracuse Central School District and former superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette, Dyce will continue to get her salary payments for up to the next year and a half.
The agreement, released Friday, outlined the buyout agreement between Dyce and the district after Dyce announced her resignation July 12. It states that Dyce will continue to receive salary payments totaling $182,000 until July 12, 2014. Dyce must make a “good faith” effort to find a job that pays at least $165,000; if she is unable to do so by July 12, she will continue to receive salary payments for six months, not to exceed $91,000.
The agreement also outlines Dyce’s insurance coverage. If she chooses to continue to receive coverage through the district via a COBRA agreement, the district will pay her premiums for a maximum of 18 months. Dyce will enjoy the same 90/10 percent cost-sharing agreement she had under her employment contract. If she becomes eligible for coverage that is not comparable to that provided by the district, North Syracuse will either continue to provide coverage or pay the difference.
Dyce will also receive pay for her unused vacation, and the district will contribute $3,000 “to an appropriate tax-sheltered annuity established or maintained by the superintendent.” They’ll also provide her with a letter of recommendation.
The letter was included with the agreement; in it, Board President Pat Carbone extolls Dyce’s virtues to any potential future employers.
“Under Dr. Dyce’s leadership, academic performance in our district took a turn upward, most notably with higher test scores at the elementary level,” Carbone wrote. “Her work left the district poised to address a wide range of academic and operational challenges.”
The letter also praises Dyce’s successful efforts to bring full-day kindergarten to the district.
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.