Knox County School Board approves McIntyre’s contract buyout

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County School Board voted seven to one to approve a settlement with Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre Tuesday night.

McIntyre offered to step down this summer in exchange for a year’s salary of $227,256, plus the monetary value of unpaid vacation leave. His contract was extended in December to run through 2019, but with changes coming to the school board, McIntyre said it is time to leave and allow the board to choose a new superintendent.

“I think I will always remember this as the highlight of my professional career,” he said, adding he was glad the school board approved his buyout. “I think it allows our school system and our community now to have a resolution and to move toward transition.”More online: Read the proposed buyout agreement [PDF]

The contract buyout states McIntyre would be paid by February 15 and he and his family would have health insurance for another year and a half. The school board would also be responsible for defending him in any lawsuits.

School board member Patti Bounds was the only one to vote against the agreement. Amber Rountree passed.

Bounds was unhappy that the settlement would be paid in February, instead of after his last day of employment in July.

“It’s a lot of money that we’re spending,” said Bounds.” I felt like this contract only benefited one person, as I said before the board tonight, and that was Dr. McIntyre… It was a no-win situation all the way around.”

Dr. McIntyre said he still doesn’t have any job prospects.Related:

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