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.