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Catskill schools pay for two superintendents, but only get work out of one

Jun 20, 2023 12:43 pm

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that Catskill schools are paying for two superintendents, but only getting work out of one. Former Catskill Superintendent of Schools Melissa Barrow is still on the payroll through next June as part of a settlement and separation deal with the district, even though she resigned from the position effective May 17, after only serving since February 12. Porcupine Soup learned from a Freedom of Information Law request that Barrow will continue to be paid “at the contractual rate of $171,000 pro-rated for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year and at the 2023-24 contractual rate of $172,710 for the 2023-24 school year.” Barrow also gets to keep her health insurance coverage with 87 percent of the premium paid by the district through December 31, 2024, unless she obtains “comparable health insurance in coverage and cost” from another employer prior to that date. What do the Catskill schools get? Barrow will not file any claims, charges, grievances, or lawsuits against the district, Board of Education, agents, or employees, according to the agreement. The settlement was approved May 17, but it is unclear when exactly Barrow stopped working for the school district. Dr. Dan Wilson, Catskill’s assistant superintendent for pupil personnel, was appointed as interim superintendent of schools for the remainder of the school year. Read more about this story at Porcupine Soup.

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