by Chet Hardin
KRDO is reporting that Dr. Brad Schoeppey, the superintendent of Falcon School District 49, will be leaving the district at the end of June. And that he will be taking a large buyout in the process.
Schoeppey would be paid more than $250,000 to buy out his contract, which includes his salary and benefits. Sources tell TARGET 13 that his son has already been pulled out of school at Falcon High and his wife, Kris, has already left for Oklahoma, where the family lived previously.
There is a frustrating lack of information coming out in the wake of this news. Members of the board, and officials with the district, have been difficult to contact. Coupled with the snow day that shut the district down, members of the public have been left with speculation and rumor.
Schoeppey is the district's eighth superintendent in the past six years.
Tomorrow much of the speculation ought to be set to rest, as the district is supposed to hold a joint news conference. When asked when and where that conference will be, school board member Tammy Harold told us that she didn't know. She said that no one is answering the phones, and that she left messages with other members of the board, and with the district, to find out where and when the meeting will be held.
Harold says that she spoken with Schoeppey, and wanted to leave it to him to explain what is happening. She says that the school board "did not play a role in his decision."
As far as she knows, everyone on the board is happy with the superintendent. They all see him, despite KRDO's reporting to the contrary, as the driving proponent of the district's Innovation Initiative.
"I would never want Dr. Schoeppey to leave," says Harold. "I have told him that every time I have talked to him. I do not want him to leave. I think that he has the experience and the knowledge we need, and he has so much energy with the Innovation Initiative. I believe that he is the one that would move forward with it."
Nobody, she says, on the board wants him to leave. She says, however, that she knows Schoeppey personally, and "knows where his mind has been."
"I wouldn't blame him if he didn't want to be a part of all this chaos," she says of the bitter conflicts within the district. "I don't like them myself."