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Board and superintendent reach agreement

UPDATE (July 26, 2019):

The agreement has been signed by Dr. Carpenter and Board president Julie Doane, and it is available to the public via this link. The agreement includes provisions under which the parties agree not to discuss the negotiations leading up to the agreement. 

The Board of Education approved the severance agreement at the July 25th meeting on a 5-2 vote. Board members Clark and Murdock voted no; board members Doane, Smith, Fritchie, Allen and Hedrick voted to approve.

Other items for clarity:

  • The payment of $750,000 is reduced by Dr. Carpenter’s July salary, which he received in the ordinary course of payment.
  • The portion of the payment funded by the District’s insurance carrier is $75,000.

It is important to release this document to the public so that there is a common understanding of the terms and details. Thank you for understanding the provisions under which we cannot discuss the negotiations or agreement further.

 


From the July 23, 2019 press release:

The Board of Education of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and Dr. Dennis Carpenter have entered into an agreement in principle under which Dr. Carpenter has resigned as the District’s Superintendent of Schools.

The agreement was reached after a mediation conducted by Kansas City attorney Rik Siro. Under the agreement, the District will pay Dr. Carpenter a total of $750,000. A portion of this payment is being funded by the District’s insurance carrier.

Once the agreement has been signed by Dr. Carpenter and the Board president, it will be released to the public. The agreement includes provisions under which the parties agree not to discuss the negotiations leading up to the agreement. For that reason, neither the Board nor Dr. Carpenter will make any further statements about the agreement. We sincerely thank Dr. Carpenter for his service to our students, staff and community. 

With this, the Board of Education wants to emphasize that it remains committed to the work of our approved equity plan and the components of the plan. 

For next steps, the Board of Education has named Dr. Emily Miller as the acting Superintendent. Dr. Miller has served as the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Special Services from 2012-2018 and as the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations since 2018. Prior to her district administrative roles, she served as a process coordinator and teacher in the Lee’s Summit School District for 10 years.

Lastly, we acknowledge that the last several months have been difficult with a range of emotions involved, but we know we are up for the challenge before us to push into the future together. Our responsibility to forge our path forward is an honor. And it’s one that holds the highest importance because it’s for all the students and families we serve.

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