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Former EACS superintendent Green hired as principal at Florida high school

Green (News-Sentinel file photo)
Green (News-Sentinel file photo)
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 08:52 am
Former East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green has been hired to be the principal of a high school in Florida.According to Brevard Public Schools, Green was officially hired during a special administrative hearing conducted Tuesday evening. She will lead Merritt Island High School, a school of about 1,500 students in Brevard County, Fla.

A notice with Brevard Public Schools said Green will begin July 1, with details about her salary unavailable as of press time.

Green replaces Gary Shiffrin, who is retiring after 42 years in Florida schools. Shiffrin's last day is June 10, with May 23 as the school's last day of instruction.

Shiffrin said Wednesday morning that Merritt Island is a Grade A school under the Florida rating system, with grades 9-12. It has three distinct academies in aerospace, fine arts, and hospitality that are more relevant to Florida students.

"It's an excellent school, and Dr. Green is coming to an excellent place," Shiffrin said. "We're like, minutes down from the Kennedy Space Center. We offer more AP (advanced placement) courses than any school in Brevard County. It's a high-achieving district, a great place to land."

Shiffrin said that Merritt Island's status within a high-achieving district allows the school to traditionally open in early August and end the school year in May.

Green's tenure with EACS ended March 1, after she and the board reached an agreement to end her time with the district mere weeks after she announced that she would not seek a contract extension to remain with the district past the end of the 2013-14 school year. Green informed the district in January, and the separation with the district was announced in late February.

Green's hiring in Florida should also serve to mitigate some not-so-hidden resentment within the district's boundaries about the terms of her 12-page resignation and severance agreement. In that agreement, Green was to be paid $196,125.87 in severance pay, as well as $7,106 in unused vacation time, over 35 installments that were to begin March 13 and end June 30, 2014.

EACS was to also pay an additional $6,213 into the EACS 403(b) plan, as well as a contribution of up to $22,000 to the Indiana Teachers Retirement Fund, and receive a lump-sum payment of $14,100 to cover the unused portion of the vehicle allowance in her contract, among other details.

However, the contract does contain language referred to as a "Mitigation Offset" that states: "If Dr. Green obtains other employment prior to July 1, 2014 (i) any compensation and/or benefits otherwise due hereunder in Section 3(a) and/or (b) above shall be reduced and/or eliminated as appropriate in an amount equal to such compensation or benefits...and (ii) any payments made by EACS (under various terms of the agreement) shall be repaid to EACS in a proportionate amount based upon the date that Dr. Green becomes employed or engaged. Dr. Green agrees to notify EACS within ten (10) days of becoming employed or engaged in any capacity."

East Allen Schools Public Information Officer Tamyra Kelly said that as of Wednesday morning, Green had not notified the district of the hiring - not unusual, considering that the Green's appointment was only approved Tuesday night. Kelly also confirmed that EACS' liability for what Green was owed under the settlement agreement will either "be offset...decreased or eliminated by her hiring. We just have to find out the details."

Green started with EACS in July 2009, when she took over for the retiring Kay Novotny. She came to EACS from the South Bend Community School Corporation.

The EACS board on Tuesday during its regular meeting discussed the status of the search for Green's replacement, releasing the initial results of the survey meant to identify characteristics desired in the successor that was provided to "stakeholders" in the district. The district will likely begin the process of screening interested applicants in May, with possible interviews in June, with the goal of hiring by mid-summer.


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