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Under Resignation Deal, New Plymouth Superintendent Gets $400K Payout


Embattled New Plymouth School District Superintendent Kevin Barker will take home a $400,000 lump sum payout after agreeing to resign earlier this week. He’ll also walk away with additional funds.

Barker will serve as a consultant with the New Plymouth district through June of 2020 and be paid $1,500 a month from the time of his resignation. He’ll also retain full benefits for himself and his family. 

Under the terms of his resignation, Barker will leave his position as superintendent June 30. Until the end of the school year, Barker will help the Board of Trustees transition to a new leader for the district. He’ll continue to be paid his regular salary.

Barker’s initial contract was for three years, from May of 2017 to June of 2020. That contract got extended to 2021 in January of this year under new terms, including a pay raise for Barker. His compensation was set to jump from about $89,900 to $93,000 starting in July.  

The agreement signed with the school district Board of Trustees says Barker is to be paid a lump sum of $400,000 for his departure while waiving any and all legal rights pursuant to his superintendent’s contract. This $400,000 payment is in addition to his consulting fee.

Both the district and Barker agree to be released of any claims they have against each other relating to Barker’s employment.

You can read the entire agreement below.

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