John Carver

John Carver

Former Director of Schools John Carver will receive nearly $80,000 not to be the head of the school system, according to his severance agreement with the Tullahoma Board of Education.

Carver’s resignation was effective at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, according to the letter he sent to School Board Chairman Pat Welsh.

According to the severance agreement between Carver and the school board, Carver will receive his “regular compensation and benefits,” meaning health insurance, through Sept. 30, at which time he will begin receiving severance payments totaling $79,000.

That $79,000 figure is equivalent to six months’ pay at his base salary rate, which was set for $158,000 per year, according to Chief Operations Officer Jason Ray.

Carver will also be entitled to his accrued vacation and sick time through the Sept. 30 deadline, according to the severance agreement. Any unused and accrued vacation and sick leave pay will be paid to Carver in his next payroll cycle, the agreement states.

The agreement also stipulates that Carver may not “in any way disparage the name or reputation of the Board,” including making “derogatory or negative remarks” about the board or its releases. He is also not permitted to make any remarks about any “disputes” he had with the board, nor is he allowed to make any statement on social media or internet website, including his blog.

Additionally, Carver has agreed not to sue the school board in regard to “any claim, demand, liability or obligation arising out of [his] employment with or separation” form the board, according to agreement.

Carver said he appreciated the “opportunity” to work in town.

“The Tullahoma City Schools is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of it. I wish nothing but the best for the Board of Education, students, and educators,” he said.

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