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Superintendent To Get $239,000 In Severance Deal

Written by Brian Maass

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- The outgoing superintendent for Adams County District 50, Dr. Roberta Selleck, will get roughly $239,000 in severance, according to a separation agreement she agreed to with the school district and obtained Thursday night by CBS4.

Selleck announced her resignation from the district last night via a letter, read by school board president Vicky Marshall.

With a heavy heart, I must inform the Board of Education that I will be retiring from my position as of June 30, 2011," wrote Selleck. "During the five years that I faithfully served the district I fulfilled every expectation that the board hired me to accomplish."

The District 50 board voted unanimously to accept the resignation. But Marshall called it "a loss. She's done exactly what we hired her to do."

And board member Kevin Massey said he voted to accept the resignation "regrettably."

Attempts to reach Selleck at home Thursday night were unsuccessful. Her home voicemail indicated it was full and could not accept any more messages.

While her resignation letter did not cite precisely why she was leaving, Selleck has been on an emergency family leave of absence since April 4. The school district has said Selleck needed to attend to her elderly mother in Arizona.

Under the resignation agreement, Selleck will not return to the district. Pam Swanson will be the acting superintendent.

Selleck oversaw the district -- with about 10,000 students in 19 schools -- since 2006. She wrote that she was "most proud" of implementing a standards based model of education which has students grouped by achievement, not age.

The separation agreement calls for Selleck to remain on paid leave through June 30, 2011. After that the school district will pay her 13 months salary, or about $212,000.

Additionally, she'll be paid about $17,000 on July 1 for accrued and unused vacation and cumulative leave, bringing her severance package to at least $239,000.

Selleck has 21 days to decide whether to accept or reject the agreement.

Additional Resources

Read Dr. Selleck's letter of resignation and the separation agreement.

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