Former superintendent still being paid by District 29

Williston District 29 is now paying the salaries and benefits for two superintendents.

Dr. Missoura Ashe resigned as superintendent on Sept. 20, three weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave. However, the settlement agreement she reached with the board states her voluntary resignation won’t take place until March 31, 2018.

“From September 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018, she will be on administrative leave with full pay and benefits,” according to a copy of the settlement agreement the district released on Nov. 1 following a Freedom of Information Act request by The People-Sentinel.

Since Ashe’s annual salary for the 2017-2018 school year is $129,480, the former superintendent will be paid an estimated $10,790 per month for that six-month period. This number does not include benefits.

Meanwhile, the district is also paying interim superintendent Dr. Everette Dean Jr. $500 per day, four days per week. This equals $8,000 a month on an average four-week month. Dean was hired on Oct. 1 and will work until a permanent superintendent is selected.

The settlement shows Ashe will remain available to the board and district administration through March 31 if her assistance is needed for district affairs for which has knowledge or background information. This includes district operations, personnel matters and legal issues.

“Dr. Ashe further agrees to continue to provide any information and assistance related to matters that arose during her administration after March 31, 2018, if requested by the board, interim superintendent or superintendent,” states the agreement. If this occurs, the district will pay “reasonable expenses” to Ashe as well as transportation costs if she needs to be present.

The agreement states that the board members and Ashe “mutually agree” to not disparage each other.

Dr. Ashe, board chairwoman Ferlecia Cuthbertson and two witnesses signed the document on Oct. 10.