Central Bucks OKs severance for superintendent

Posted: July 05, 2013

The Central Bucks School District parted ways with its superintendent Wednesday, giving him the kind of costly severance package that will soon disappear in Pennsylvania.

Rodney Green ran the district for nine months of his four-year contract at an annual salary of $225,000. He will get $365,000 and one year of health insurance for leaving.

Green's contract was signed in July 2012, just months before a state law took effect that caps superintendent severance packages.

Act 82 was spawned in part by the $905,000 buyout package that Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman received in 2011.

Voting before more than 100 people, the Central Bucks board approved the separation agreement it had negotiated with Green and his attorney. Green did not attend the meeting.

Steve Corr, the school board president, acknowledged the cost of breaking Green's contract but said the board decided doing so was in the 20,000-student district's best interests.

A nondisparagement clause barred Corr from revealing the full extent of the board's dissatisfaction. But he said Green rarely met with administrators or consulted with them on educational matters.

Corr said the board's dissatisfaction did not rise to the level of firing Green for a legally defined reason.

Contact Ben Finley at 610-313-8118, bfinley@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @Ben_Finley.

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