By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District’s final payment to former superintendent Randy Shaver will include about $30,000 in sick and vacation pay.
The district reached an agreement with Shaver last week to release the former superintendent from the final two years of his contract. Shaver requested the early contractual release after community fallout over his decision to transfer popular high school principal Lee Stratton.
The district agreed to pay Shaver $88,828.50 for the final two-plus years of his contract, an amount that represents half of Shaver’s annual $177,657 salary, or less than a fourth of the amount the district still owed Shaver under the contract that was due to expire on June 30, 2013.
As it does with all of its employees, the district also had to pay Shaver for all of the sick days and vacation time he had accrued during his nearly two years in Tupelo. That included $15,545.04 for 21 sick days and $14,804.80 for 20 vacation days, said attorney Otis Tims.
All together, it brought the total payment to just over $119,000.