Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

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Spencer: Will be paid $250,000 in severance pay. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Spencer: Will be paid $250,000 in severance pay.
Harrison School District 2 will pay former superintendent Andre Spencer $250,000 to end his contract agreement. The payment must be made no later than Aug. 30, 2018.

Spencer resigned on May 7, effective immediately, after serving for more than five years. No explanation was given by the district for his sudden and unusual departure shortly before the end of the school year, though Spencer had been looking for other jobs.

The severance agreement, obtained by the Independent through an open-records request, also states the district agreed to provide a letter of recommendation for Spencer. Here's that letter:
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The board of education further agreed to "reply to any employment inquiry from a potential employer" with this statement:
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Had Spencer not resigned, his contract would have run through June 30, 2020, according to the severance agreement, although his actual contract shows the contract was to expire June 30, 2018.

His contract states that if the board unilaterally terminated his contract, it would have to pay him two years salary.

In his resignation letter, Spencer said he planned to spend more time with his family and work on longstanding educational equity projects. The letter also contained a long list of accomplishments during his time at the Harrison District, including increasing the graduation rate from 74 percent to 82.4 percent, and decreasing the drop-out rate to 1 percent from 4.1 percent.

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