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Spring Hill school board accepts separation with its superintendent

Spring Hill school board accepts separation with its superintendent
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:09am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 9:02am

UPDATE: The Spring Hill I.S.D. school board voted to accept separation between school and superintendent, Wes Jones, with a 5 for, 2 against, vote.

Jones will receive $127,411.08 for a buyout of his contract. That money will come from the fund balance and not the school budget itself.


Spring Hill ISD patrons can weigh in Friday on a buyout of their superintendent’s contract, with more than $172,000 left in its remaining 15 months, as school trustees discuss action on a separation agreement for Wes Jones.

A public hearing, required by a new law which took effect this school year, is set to start at 7 p.m. The hearing follows a one-hour closed-door session, school board President Claudine Giffin said.

“The board would like to direct everybody to come to the meeting on Friday,” she said. “We will all have an opportunity to speak. Nothing has been decided yet.”

According to a legislative analysis of House Bill 483, governments are barred from “... paying an employee or former employee more than an amount owed under a contract ... unless the political subdivision holds at least one public hearing.”

The analysis adds that the elected body must disclose the exact amount to be paid at the public hearing and reveal “... the public purpose that will be served by making the excess payment.”

The $172,392 remaining in Jones’ contract includes salary and benefits. Giffin declined to say what prompted Friday’s special meeting.

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