Fort Worth

June 3, 2014

Former Fort Worth superintendent to receive $662,000 in two payments

The Fort Worth school board is likely to call a special meeting this week to discuss interim leadership plans.

Outgoing superintendent Walter Dansby will be paid a total of $662,398.63 as part of his retirement agreement and release from the Fort Worth school district.

Dansby, who was beginning his third year as superintendent, is expected to receive $306,000 in benefit pay on or by June 9, when his resignation takes effect, according to the agreement released Tuesday afternoon. In addition, he is expected to receive $356,398.63 on Jan. 31 when he retires from the school district, the document states. The latter sum represents one year’s salary and benefits.

The district’s first African-American superintendent, Dansby resigned during a heated and emotional special board meeting Monday night. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The board voted 6-3 Monday to accept the resignation, which is effective June 9. Trustees voting no were Christene Moss, Jacinto Ramos and Norman Robbins. Trustees voting to accept the resignation were Ashley Paz, T.A. Sims, Ann Sutherland, Tobi Jackson, Matthew Avila and Judy Needham.

Board members said Tuesday they are preparing to kick off discussions about who will be considered to temporarily replace Dansby as interim superintendent. A special board meeting to name an interim leader and discuss a superintendent search process is expected to be called before June 9.

“We have not had a meeting to talk about it,’’ Board president Moss said Tuesday. “When we do, then we can talk about what [superintendent search] process we will be using.”

The board has several options for selecting an interim superintendent, several board members said Tuesday, including appointing a current administrator or selecting an outside candidate to lead the 83,000-student district.

Once the board ensures the district has an interim leader, it is expected tackle the issue of whether to form a committee or hire a search firm to bring in candidates for the superintendent’s job. In the past, the board has used a national search firm to help make a selection, board member T.A. Sims said.

“It’s basically the board getting together and determining what they want to do,’’ said Sims, who has been involved in numerous superintendent searches. He said the process would likely take a minimum of six months.

“You don’t want to rush it,’’ Sims said. “You want to make sure that we have good candidates that fit our district. People who understand the type of district we have and understand that this is a large district. There are certain qualities that this district deserves in a superintendent that maybe a lot of other districts may not have.

“You look for a match,’’ Sims said.

Dansby’s contract with the district was to expire Aug. 31. 2016.

After June 9, he will be placed on school-related leave with pay and benefits and will serve as an Ambassador for Public Relations for the school district, according to retirement agreement and release.

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