New Acting Superintendent For City Schools

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

June 16, 2005

School leaders for the city of Charlottesville held their last meeting of the school year, and the biggest item on the agenda was outgoing school superintendent Dr. Scottie Griffin's severance pay.

City school board members capped off a challenging school year with a night of good-byes while also taking the first step in making next year even stronger for students.

The meeting was the first following the graduation of the city's high school students, but it was the last for two members of the school board. Departing the board at the end of their terms are Dr. Bill Igbani, and Byron Brown.

"They've been wonderful board members, and so its always hard to see them leave," said Board Member Dede Smith.

The night filled with emotions also went in a different direction. The school division is now entering the legal phase in regards to outgoing school superintendent, Dr. Scottie Griffin.

"The standard is financial disclosure as mandated by state law," explained Smith.

Among monetary items Dr. Griffin will receive in her settlement from Charlottesville City Schools are, $250,000 in supplementary pay, $19,000 in fringe benefits, $15,000 to cover legal expenses, and about $7,000 in moving expenses.

While it's somewhat of a good-bye between Dr. Griffin and the City of Charlottesville, it's a welcome for Robert Thompson. Thompson was officially named Acting Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools.

Before the meeting, Thompson shared acting superintendent duties with Ms. Gertrude Ivory, but a Virginia law says only one person can be acting at the end of a current superintendent's contract. Dr. Griffin's contract ends on June 30th.

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