Three weeks after placing the Ravenswood City School District's controversial superintendent on paid administrative leave, the Board of Education quietly — and unanimously — accepted her resignation in a special closed-session meeting on Tuesday night.
Board President Tamara Sobomehin confirmed Wednesday that the board approved a separation agreement with Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff. Her employment will be terminated effective March 31.
District staff were notified via email on Tuesday night.
Under the agreement, the district will pay Hernandez-Goff $160,873 — the equivalent of 10 month's pay, or the remainder of this year — and any unused vacation time. The agreement appears to be a termination by mutual consent, which is one termination option provided for in her contract.
The agreement prevents Hernandez-Goff from being rehired by the district at any time in the future and from suing the district, its trustees or its employees in connection with her employment.
The document also states that Hernandez-Goff has seven days to revoke the agreement after she executes it. It was presented to her on March 12, and she and her attorney signed it on March 15. Hernandez-Goff also agreed not to seek monetary damages of any kind.
Hired in 2013, Hernandez-Goff will be leaving before the end of her current two-year contract, which the board renewed amidst community protest last April. She could not be immediately reached for comment.
Hernandez-Goff was a divisive figure in the K-8 district, with staunch allies who defended her efforts to turn around the district and fervent critics who accused her of financial mismanagement, nepotism and retaliation.
The board's decision to place her on paid leave reflected that division. The board's newest trustees, Sobomehin and Vice President Stephanie Fitch, along with Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, voted in support, while Ana Pulido and Sharifa Wilson cast the "no" votes.
Gina Sudaria, the district's director of student services and a longtime employee, has been serving as acting superintendent in Hernandez-Goff's absence.
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