Separation agreement details between Seguin ISD, Superintendent Roane released
Posted on 3/1/2017 1:45:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD is releasing details of its separation agreement with now former Superintendent Stetson Roane. The signed documents involving the settlement agreement between both parties were released to Seguin Radio KWED following Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees.

The agreement not only officially resigns Roane from his position immediately but it also agrees to pay him the "equivalent of six months salary" which equates to $94,500. The payment will be made "in lump sum with the legally required deductions."
 
Sean Hoffmann, the public information officer for the Seguin ISD, says the agreement spells out what was debated behind closed doors and agreed upon during Monday night's special meeting.
 
"During our Feb. 28th meeting, the board did recess to closed session with legal counsel to discuss employee matters and as a result of that, we are responding to a couple of Public Information Act requests that have been submitted by local media over the past day and legal has provided us with a copy of the resignation agreement and release of all claims for Superintendent Stetson Roane. This document essentially spells out what is involved in this release as far as his no longer working with the district as well as Denise Roane, his spouse who is included in this agreement as well. So the document outlines information on payment and it's generally a pretty standard release agreement that one might find with other school employees throughout the state of Texas," said Hoffmann.
 
Hoffmann says the agreement also includes specifics regarding Roane's wife Denise who served as the chief academic officer and school improvement.
 
"The agreement for Mr. Roane is contingent upon the district placing Denise Roane on paid administrative leave effective March 6, 2017 which is next Monday. She will remain on paid administrative leave through our financial calendar year June 30, 2017 at which time she will resign from the district. While she is on paid administrative leave, she will receive all compensation and benefits that she would have received had she been actively working with the school district. She shall be relieved of all of her duties except for those necessary for this transition time. Consistent with the district's normal operating procedures on admin leave, she shall be available by telephone during regular business hours to assist with transition activities as deemed necessary by the Seguin ISD," said Hoffmann.
 
The estimated salary to be drawn by Denise Roane over the next four months is estimated at approximately $40,000. Her total salary for the year is $120,000.
 
The terms of the settlement also provides Roane with a neutral reference from the administrative offices of the Seguin ISD. The human resources office will only be allowed to provide dates of employment, last position held, salary information and the statement that Roane resigned "for personal reasons." The Seguin ISD also agrees that it will not report Roane or his resignation to the Texas Education Agency, State Board of Educator Certification or any other state or local agency regarding "the allegations investigated and those underlying his consideration for possible sanctions before his resignation."
 
As for the complaints made against Roane, Hoffmann says the agreement states that the Seguin ISD agrees to maintain the attorney-client privilege on the DIA (Local) investigation report initiated in January 2017.
 
"The complaint -- we have received Public Information Act requests for this specific complaint. The district has coordinated with legal counsel and provided those PIA request to the legal counsel.
Our legal counsel has contacted the Texas Attorney General's Office regarding the requests for these documents so the AG's office will make a determination and will let the school district know what information from those documents, if any, are conducive to be released to the public," said Hoffmann.
 
Additionally, no negative documents or information will be placed in Roane's personnel files. Instead, such documents or information (including those relating to the allegations investigated) will be placed in a separate file to be kept confidential "to the extent permitted by law."
 
The agreement comes after nearly a month of investigations following a complaint made against Roane. The separation agreement was approved 5 to 2 on Monday. Voting against the agreement were Trustee Carl Jenkins and Elaina Reihl. Both Jenkins and Reihl stated that their vote was not in support of Roane but instead was against the specifics listed in this agreement.
 
In the meantime, the school board is slated to discuss the interim superintendent position next week.




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