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District buys out part of Mader’s contract

Tamera Manzanares

The Hayden School District bought out a portion of former superintendent Scott Mader’s contract as part of a separation agreement.

The buyout amounts to almost $53,500 — about 62 percent of Mader’s annual pay stipulated in his contract, which was effective through June 2005.

“I guess it’s a number we met in the middle on,” School Board President Kurt Frentress said.

Mader and the board signed the agreement last week, but the district did not release the details of the agreement until Thursday, when it became effective.

The School Board suspended Mader in June and appointed Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Mike Luppes as acting superintendent, pending an investigation into Mader’s employment.

The suspension came about a month after former Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer resigned, citing a difference of philosophy with Mader.

Although the investigation is complete, Mader’s resignation was not based on any decision or finding of that investigation, according to the district.

“Scott’s not admitting any wrong-doing, and we’re not making any accusations,” Frentress said.

Mader plans to retire and remain with his family in Hayden, though he has not discounted the possibility of seeking other positions, he said last week.

After accepting Mader’s resignation at its regularly scheduled meeting last week, the board hired Luppes as the district’s superintendent.

“This came about so late, we had to get someone who knew what was going on. … Mike was a natural choice,” Frentress said.

Luppes met with elementary school staff Monday to discuss possible leadership alternatives at the school. The group favored two scenarios: Hire an interim principal for the 2004-05 school year or appoint a teacher leader to take over certain responsibilities while Luppes serves as acting superintendent.

Either way, the district will search for a new principal in the spring, Luppes said.

The district is exploring both possibilities, but the second scenario is the most likely because it would be difficult to have an interim principal in place by the time school starts Sept. 7, he said.

Luppes plans to address parents’ questions and concerns regarding the matter at a meeting Monday. At that time, he should have a good feel for which option is the most feasible, he said.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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