The former superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools got $180,000 as part of a separation agreement with the district. Ann Cardon resigned Oct. 17 after allegedly clashing with several school board members.
"The superintendent and school sistrict have decided to amicably terminate their relationship, with the superintendent pursuing other professional opportunities," the separation agreement reads.
Cardon's departure, and the board's handling of it, were very controversial. Since her resignation, efforts to recall several school board members have started in Traverse City.
Thom Grigal, organizer of the group TCAPS Transparency, says Cardon is entitled to her severance pay, but says TCAPS is literally paying for their mistakes.
"Hundred and eighty grand is at least two teachers," Grigal said. "With class sizes where they are, to blow 180 grand and pay Mr. Pavelka, then (add) the expense that it's gonna take to fill the seat full time.”
The School Board appointed Jim Pavelka to interim superintendent until they find a full-time replacement.