School Board Allows Kent to 'Resign'

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The Meridian School Board has reached a settlement with former superintendent Charlie Kent over his termination.

At a board meeting Thursday night, the panel voted 4-0 to rescind Kent's termination. Then, it allowed Kent to submit his resignation.

The decision came after Kent asked for a termination hearing, which was held earlier Thursday.

Board members said they hope this step allows the district to begin moving forward.

"Yes, we've got an agreement now with Mr. Kent," said new board president, Dr. Don Evans. "As soon as our attorney goes back with him and produces those papers on the agreement, then at that time, he's had an opportunity to resign and the school board rescinded his termination tonight."

"Mr. Kent be allowed to resign, effective immediately. And to accept Mr. Kent's resignation. And that the district pay$70,000 in the settlement pursuant to the settlement agreement which will be attached to the minutes," said vice-president, Dr. Judith Miller.

The payment of $70,000 will compensate Kent for the rest of the school year and fulfill other purposes.

Kent had roughly one and a half years remaining on his contract.

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