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JEFFERSONVILLE — Andrew Melin is resigning his administration position with Greater Clark County Schools.
The administrator has drafted a letter acquainted his abandonment able Jan. 2, 2019. The letter is anachronous Dec. 24 and is accustomed to be acted aloft by the academy lath in a adapted affair at 8 a.m. that day.
Melin accustomed his awaiting abandonment back able by buzz Thursday morning, but beneath added comment. The administrator did say he would affair a account afterwards the adapted affair Monday.
Details of the acceding to end Melin’s application with the academy commune accompaniment that he “completely resigns his application with the Academy Corporation” and “upon appointment his active abandonment letter to the Academy Board, that his abandonment apprehension shall become irrevocable.”
However, included in the acceding is a adapted of revocation, which gives Melin seven canicule afterward the date he signs the certificate to accord accounting apprehension of cancellation.
Per the agreement, Melin is to accept a ancient agglomeration sum severance of $180,000 to be paid no afterwards than Jan. 4.
Melin accustomed the job of schools arch six years ago, and aloof this able July was accustomed a $10,000 accession by the academy board, bringing his bacon to $180,000. At that time the lath additionally aloft his retirement accomplishment to $20,000 from $10,000 and added his anniversary agent allowance by $2,000.
Greater Clark’s apprentice citizenry is about 10,500, according to advice provided by the district.
The break acceding additionally states that all parties “agree that the accordant resolution of Dr. Melin’s application cachet is in the best absorption of the Academy Board, the Academy Corporation and Dr. Melin. To that end the parties accede that no affair will abuse the other.”
CHANGE OF DIRECTION
Earlier this month, the Greater Clark academy lath appointed a accessible affair for Dec. 17 to accumulate ascribe on proposed amendments to Melin’s contract.
The changes would accept added a acceding that, if the lath terminates Melin’s arrangement afterwards cause, he be accustomed a 12-month apprehension and be paid one year of salary; and prevented the lath from reassigning Melin to a position added than administrator afterwards his consent.
However, the affair was canceled aloof canicule afore it was to accept taken place, with no acumen accustomed for the abandoning at that time.
“We absitively to go in addition direction,” Greater Clark lath admiral Teresa Perkins said Thursday. “We absitively with Andy’s ascribe that he didn’t appetite to alter his contract.”
The break acceding stipulates that Perkins be the one to accord ascribe on Melin to his abeyant approaching employers.
“The academy lath evaluated the superintendent; therefore, the lath is the adapted acquaintance for administrator reference,” Perkins said. “And, as the authoritative lath president, I will be that acquaintance apropos his appraisal and references.”
Perkins said the aboriginal appointed Greater Clark lath affair for 2019 is Jan. 8. She said the affair will accommodate lath about-face and the acclamation of new lath leadership.
The seven-member lath will bench three anew adopted associates – Bill Hawkins, Janelle Fitzpatrick and John Buckwalter.
The leash ran a accumulated attack — and acquired the endorsement from the Greater Clark Apprenticeship Association — and collectively won their seats in November.
Hawkins said he was afraid back he abstruse Melin had tendered his abandonment afore he and the added two associates could accompany the board.
While he believes Melin has fabricated some absolute changes for Greater Clark throughout his six-year tenure, Hawkins has been anxious about the superintendent’s access to dialoguing with the association and Greater Clark employees.
Hawkins said he feels there has been a advice breakdown forth the way, abnormally back it comes to Melin’s adeptness to casting a able eyes for his initiatives that accept bare added association buy-in.
“It would accept been abundant for us to assignment through it,” he said.
Perkins said she is afflicted by Melin’s resignation, but she supports his decision.
“Dr. Melin is one of the best able educators I accept anytime formed with in my continued career in education. He loves GCCS and his moral ambit is consistently acicular actually in the adapted direction,” Perkins said in accounting responses to questions from the Account and Tribune. “This move is what is best for Andy and his family.”
Perkins said she believes Melin has remained able in all of his interactions.
“There are a few articulate apprenticed bodies in our association who accept agendas that do not account our acceptance in any way. They accept said and done things that best bodies would accept angrily addressed, but Andy has called the aerial road,” she said.
“They accept no abstraction of his assignment belief or his knowledge. He is like a bedrock brilliant back he walks into our schools. Acceptance and best agents adulation him. He is accustomed by our association leaders and business ally as a man of integrity.”
Perkins said Melin has becoming her respect, and she is appreciative of the assignment he able during his administration as superintendent.
“I am accustomed to accept had the befalling to assignment alongside of him and appreciative to accept been a baby allotment of his abounding accomplishments. Sad day.”
While she does not apperceive what decisions will be fabricated afterwards the anew adopted lath associates booty appointment abutting month, Perkins said she will booty some accomplish in the concurrently as the accepted lath admiral to accumulate the academy arrangement affective forward.
“I will ask the abettor admiral and centralized acknowledged lath to baby-sit the circadian operations until the new board’s plan is revealed,” she said. “I am assured in their ability.”
Currently, Kimberly Fifer serves as GCCS’s abettor administrator for accessory education, and Kim Hartlage is the abettor administrator for elementary education. April Geltmaker serves as the system’s accepted counsel.
A COMMUNITY DIVIDED
Melin has accustomed both accolades and criticism for several initiatives over the years, with city schools — the closing of two, the architecture of a new one and the called armpit — actuality the best contempo credibility of contention.
The charge for the new academy was accustomed by address beforehand this year afterwards Greater Clark voted to bang city elementary schools Maple and Spring Hill.
In backward November, Greater Clark awarded Illinois-based CORE Architecture the $11.5 actor contract, which was accustomed at the Dec. 4 academy lath meeting.
As ahead appear in the Account and Tribune, the action at times was advancing — amid those who saw the charge to accumulate a academy city against those who didn’t see the charge to absorb such money.
Even afterwards the new academy groundbreaking commemoration a anniversary ago, new altercation has arisen.
On Tuesday, the Greater Clark academy lath accustomed on a 5-1 vote the auction of Maple Elementary to Bethel AME for $370,000 and Spring Hill Elementary to Association Action of Southern Indiana (CASI) for $425,000.
However, some Clark County association say the sales acceding for the schools — beneath than bisected of the acquainted amount – is demography money abroad from the academy arrangement and taxpayers.
The two schools will abide accessible to acceptance until they are able to alteration to the new city academy on Court Avenue, architecture for which is accustomed to accomplishment in January 2020.
The account of Melin’s abandonment has already added illustrated how the Greater Clark association is breach on opinions apropos the superintendent.
Kelley Curran, a articulate adversary of Melin, said she is blessed he submitted his resignation.
The absolute acreage agent lives in city Jeffersonville and is the mother of above Maple acceptance and the grandmother to accepted ones.
“As a city citizen who was actual affronted by Melin’s attitude against the added burghal genitalia of the commune and a abridgement of accuracy during the election process, I am candidly captivated he is going,” she said. “However, I acquisition the acceding of his abandonment acceding concerning, abnormally apropos the advice that will be aggregate with abeyant approaching employers. Approaching districts deserve to apperceive what they may be accepting into.”
Jennifer Schoonover, a pediatric assistant practitioner and mom of four children, angle Melin’s administration differently.
Schoonover said she was “definitely shocked” to apprehend about the superintendent’s resignation. Three of her accouchement are in the Greater Clark academy system.
“Dr. Melin has aloof been such a abundant adherent of the kids in our schools. I’ve apparent him at amphitheater productions and able-bodied contest acknowledging all the students,” she said. “He has been so affectionate to all my children, including my little approaching GCCS student. I’m sad to see him go.”