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Board approves revised buyout for deputy superintendent

While the Board of Education is midway through proceedings to terminate Superintendent James Williams' contract, it did approve the resignation of the No. 2 administrator in the district.

The board voted Tuesday to accept Folasade Oladele's resignation.


The board in June voted, 5-3, to accept her resignation. The vote not only accepted her resignation, but also extended a severance package that amounted to $215,000.

That deal encountered some questions once it came time for the city's control board to approve it, seeing as her contract entitles her to just three months' pay, or $42,000. So while the agreement was signed by Oladele and the superintendent, it never took effect.

Since then, Oladele has remained on the payroll, but has been out of the district for the most part, taking vacation days.

In recent weeks, the district has been negotiating a revised settlement with her.

On Tuesday, the board approved the new package, which one board member said amounted to $49,900 -- $100 under the magic number. Any payouts the district makes over $50,000 have to be approved by the control board.

Chris Jacobs and Jason McCarthy voted against accepting Oladele's resignation. Ralph Hernandez abstained, saying he was not part of the executive session process involving discussions about her resignation.

Board President Lou Petrucci would not disclose a copy of the settlement, saying that both sides had seven days to consider the agreement. Once that period is over, he said, the agreement could be released.

- Mary Pasciak

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