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Dare BOE approves Farrelly’s resignation by 6 votes to 1

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice May 31, 2022

Starting superintendent. receive more than $300,000 in settlement

The Dare Board of Education approved Farrelly’s resignation plan at its May 31 meeting.

Following a May 31 meeting that lasted several hours and was mostly held behind closed doors, the Dare County School Board, by a vote of 6 to 1, approved the resignation of Superintendent John Farrelly to effective June 30, 2022. They also approved a settlement agreement to end his contract which was due to expire in June 2025.

Board member Susan Bothwell moved the motion to approve Farrelly’s resignation, with Carl Woody seconding the motion and Joe Tauber casting the only dissenting vote. Farrelly will take his annual leave for the month of June 2022.

Farrelly became Superintendent of Dare County Schools five years ago, taking over when Sue Burgess retired. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Farrelly will receive a monthly payment, beginning July 1, in the amount of $18,149 for the next 18 months, totaling $326,688.

Additionally, the outgoing superintendent will receive an additional $1,252 to offset the cost of their COBRA health insurance coverage for themselves and their family for up to 18 months. The health care benefit, however, would end if Farrelly got a job with health insurance benefits.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, both parties have jointly agreed that Farrelly’s performance review for the 2021-22 school year need not be completed. They also agreed not to speak disparagingly about each other or their employees.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Assistant Superintendent Sandy Kinzel as Acting Superintendent for the month of June or until an Acting Superintendent is selected. Earlier this year, Kinzel announced that she would be retiring at the end of this school year.

Farrelly last week announced plans to withdraw from Dare County Schools effective June 30, 2023, a move that came amid controversy over his sending a cease and desist letter. to refrain from threatening legal action and criminal charges against a former teacher who had publicly criticized his leadership and linked him to staff retention issues in the district.

According to a press release issued following the May 31 meeting, in the week between his May 25 retirement announcement and the board meeting, “Dr. Farrelly and the Board of Education have come to a joint decision that it would be in the interests of Dr. Farrelly and the Board to conclude his stay with Dare County Schools on a mutually agreeable basis…”

“I am immensely proud to have guided us through incredibly difficult times including destructive hurricanes, the global pandemic, remote learning and the many challenges we have faced in public education over the past 5 years. “Farrelly said in the statement.

“I want to thank the Board of Education for the opportunity to lead one of the first school districts in the state and support their desire to move faster to find the next Superintendent of Schools for Dare County” , he continued. “As a result, I have decided to work with the board to complete my work here on June 30, 2022 and look forward to spending more time with my family.”

SEE ALSO: Schools Supt. Farrelly’s retirement announcement comes amid controversy

Superintendent of Dare Schools. John Farrelly will retire in 2023

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