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$175K severance for Murphy

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Evanston/Skokie District 65 will pay resigning Superintendent Hardy Murphy a severance payment of $175,000 as full payment for the remaining two years of his contract.

Evanston/Skokie District 65 will pay resigning Superintendent Hardy Murphy a severance payment of $175,000 as full payment for the remaining two years of his contract.

The deal was announced Monday night at a regular meeting of the school board.

The news came one week after Murphy's resignation was announced, effective August 9, after 13 years on the job.

Board president Tracy Quattrocki said the board felt the separation agreement was “fair and respectful of Dr. Murphy’s 13 years of service to the district.”

She added “there are no further financial obligations to Dr. Murphy beyond this amount.”

In fact, she declared that the cost of salary and benefits to an interim superintendent, plus the $175,000 payment to Murphy, should be “revenue neutral.”

That is, she said, “the amount being paid to Dr. Murphy and the additional salary and benefit costs for the interim superintendent, and any other related administrative costs for this school year, will have little or no impact on this year’s budget.”

In the meantime, Quattrocki said that negotiations are proceeding for hiring an interim superintendent, whose name the board expects to announce “within the week.”

The board will proceed with its previously announced plan to begin seeking a permanent replacement for Murphy in mid-September.

In the meantime, Quattrocki said all is in readiness for a "smooth" opening of school next Monday.
 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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