The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, July 9, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The Franklin County School Board voted 5 to 3 Monday night to terminate Superintendent Charles Lackey's contract.
The board will buy out the remainder of his contract, which is set to end June 30, 2013, according to School Board Chairman Ed Jamison.
School Board Member Sarah Alexander made the motion to "discharge the remainder of the superintendent's contract without cause" under Section VIII of the contract. The motion was seconded by Bill Brush.
After the vote, the three members who voted against the motion -- P.D. Hambrick, G.B. Washburn and William Helm -- walked out of the meeting.
Under Section VIII of Lackey's contract, in the event the superintendent's contract is terminated without cause, "all salary and benefits shall continue for a period of 12 months from the effective date of such termination or until June 30, 2013, whichever period is shorter."
Lackey's contract adds up to $142,760 per year, which includes $111,795 for salary. For retirement purposes, $2,500 per year is added to his salary because he holds a doctorate degree. He also is paid $800 a month for an automobile allowance.
Benefits stipulated in the contract include $11,603 for a tax sheltered annuity, $6,960 for health insurance and $300 for an annual physical.
The total amount of the buyout will be determined by the attorneys for the school board and Lackey, Jamison said.
Jamison declined to comment on the reason for the termination, stating confidentiality issues. However, he said the board is looking forward, not backward.
"It's time to move forward. We look forward to new opportunities with a new superintendent," he said.
Assistant Superintendent Sue Rogers has been named as the acting superintendent. Jamison said the board will immediately begin the process to name an interim superintendent. The board has six months to find a permanent replacement.