Members of the Litchfield School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Debbie Poffinbarger at a special meeting, held Thursday evening, Nov. 1, at Litchfield High School.
According to Board President Jennifer Reid, the resignation is effective as of Monday, Oct. 29, however, the superintendent will remain an employee of the district until June 30, 2019.
In a copy of the mutual separation agreement, obtained by the newspaper through a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request, the superintendent will continue to receive the same salary on regular pay dates, as well as benefits until June 30.
In January of this year, the board unanimously granted Poffinbarger a five-year contract, which would have run through June 30, 2023.
As part of the mutual separation agreement, the board will be required to provide a letter of reference for Poffinbarger to potential employers and must also inform the former superintendent any time the agreement is released by FOIA request.
According to the document, the agreement is not to be construed or used as an admission of any wrongdoing or liability by the superintendent or the school board, and all parties are prohibited from making any statements or taking action that would be detrimental to the other.
During the special meeting, the board met nearly an hour and a half in closed session before approving the agreement. In addition, they approved former Litchfield superintendent, John Mullet, as the interim superintendent, for up to 120 working days.