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Last updated: Tue. Feb. 26, 2013 - 09:14 am EDT

Friday will be last day for EACS superintendent

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Instead of resigning when her contract expires next year, East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green’s last day will be Friday, the EACS board announced Monday.

Green, EACS board President Neil Reynolds, Secretary Stephen Terry and their lawyers are finalizing the terms of an agreement in which Green would end her leadership before her contract expiration date of June 30, 2014.

Reynolds would not say how much Green will receive for leaving. He said the terms will be made public when both parties have agreed to terms.

Green earns about $148,000 per year, after starting out at $140,000. She also receives $900 a month for car allowance and payments into a retirement account that equal 2 percent of her monthly salary.

The board called a special meeting Monday night where members voted 5-2 to allow Reynolds and Terry to finalize negotiations. An agreement should be reached in the next couple days, they said.

Green was not present for the meeting.

In early January, Green announced she would resign her post as superintendent. At that time, the board’s counsel reached out to Green’s lawyers to begin the separation process, Reynolds said.

“We felt she would be a lame duck superintendent,” Reynolds said.

Members Bob Nelson and Arden Hoffman voted against the early separation, saying it was too soon for the board to take on a candidate search.

“I prefer to manage change than let change manage us,” Hoffman said. “We now have a sense of urgency we wouldn’t otherwise have.”

Terry said the decision was made with the best interests of students, staff, parents and community members in mind.

“East Allen County is moving forward. That’s really what we’re sharing,” he said.

The board will appoint an interim superintendent and outline a timeline for a candidate search during its March 5 board meeting, Reynolds said.

“We will begin an immediate search for a superintendent who shares our beliefs … and our commitment to excellence,” Reynolds said.

The incoming candidate will be the district’s fourth superintendent in eight years.

Green began her tenure in EACS in July 2009, replacing retiring superintendent Kay Novotny, who served for just over three years.

She replaced Jeff Abbott, who announced he would step down in 2006 and take another job in the district after backlash from the community over district budget cuts. Instead of following the terms of Abbott’s contract, the board paid Abbott more than $500,000 to step down immediately, which he did in 2005 after nine years as EACS leader.

Since the beginning of her tenure, Green has been an agent for change in the district, recommending a redesign plan in 2010 that kept five high schools, created an early-college magnet program at the former Harding High School, and closed and consolidated elementary schools.

The plan was to address declining enrollment and decreasing revenue.

“She’s done one thing that previous superintendents wanted to do but couldn’t get it done, and that’s to consolidate schools,” Reynolds said of Green when she announced her plan to resign.

Reorganization of the district was proposed by Novotny and Abbott, but neither was able to garner enough support for a plan.

At the time of her resignation, Green said it would be difficult for any leader to remain in a position after instituting so much change.

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