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Habel Tells Board Of Education He's Out

Schools Superintendent will not seek new contract

At the end of a marathon session Tuesday, the Board of Education accepted a letter from Superintendent James Habel notifying the panel that he will not seek to renew or extend his contract.

Habel’s notice is statutorily required by June 30 and was expected by the board. A unanimous vote to accept the letter came around 11:30 p.m.

Habel's contract expires next year.

Board member Joseph Tonzola thanked Habel for his service before voting with the majority.

“Jim, I think over the years that we’ve known each other, you’ve done a helluva job,’’ Tonzola said.

The Board also voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement with a family that sued the district over the education of a student. The details of the agreement were not made public Tuesday.

The pair of votes capped a long night for the board, which spent 90 minutes in closed session following a stream of awards that were given to students and faculty at the top of the session.

The board briefly re-opened the meeting around 11:00 p.m. to vote to extend the session after-hours, then retreated for another 30-minute closed session.

Stonewalled June 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
We emplore the new board members to take this new opportunity to take control of this board and make it their own. It will be your superintendent so please ensure it is someone who will reflect your morals and values and can get the job done as efficiently and professionally as possible. Maverick makes a great point too. Please make sure that the openness and responsiveness platform that you ran on becomes a reality. You're off to a good start but really need to take matters into your own hands and not be bullied by those who think they know the job better. Every board is different and no one can know what any single board's issues will be year to year. Good luck and keep up the good work.
Michael Ferrell June 17, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Maverick and Stonewalled don't seem to understand the board has to conduct litigation and personnel issues sequestered for privacy concerns. The board did a wonderful job balancing the awards and the pulbic and private section of the meeting. Maverick needs to remember the board is elected to govern for us, and the public role in meetings is limited by law, not the board. The day after the election I wrote on Wall Patch that the new members would find some surprises on just how open and responsive they can be due to constraints of the law. The public needs to understand that as well. The new members can't mathematically "take control and make it their own", but will have a chance to shape and influence the direction.

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