The Brookings Harbor School Board today unanimously accepted the resignation of beleaguered Superintendent Brian Hodge and agreed to an undisclosed buyout agreement.
Details of the resignation agreement are expected to be publicly released later today once it has been signed by district officials and Hodge.
The board’s decision comes one week after the teachers’ union asked the board to place Hodge on immediately administrative leave pending the results of an ongoing investigation spurred by union members’ recent vote of no confidence.
“The investigation is still in process, and the board hopes that the investigation’s findings will assist the district in developing a framework that will help us move forward in a positive direction,” said board member Katherine Johnson.
The school board met in executive (closed door) session twice this week — on Tuesday and today — to discuss the terms of Hodge’s resignation with its legal representation. The board emerged from today’s meeting to publicly accept his resignation, its terms, and discuss the process by which to find a replacement.
“The whole thing has been very, very draining,” board member Bruce Raleigh said about Hodge’s resignation after the meeting. “When the investigation is over, there will be many issues to address and correct. There will be a lot of work ahead to get moving in the right direction.”
Hodge has not been at work this week and his office, where the school board held its meetings, appeared to have been cleared of all personal items. When the Curry Coastal Pilot reached Hodge by phone today, he declined to comment.
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