EMMETT, Idaho — The Superintendent for the Emmett School District has resigned. The Emmett School Board accepted the resignation letter at its school board meeting Wednesday night.
In the letter, Superintendent Wayne Rush gave no reason for leaving.
Rush writes, “I wish to thank the District and its employees for my opportunities and experiences with the District. I wish the District and its employees well in all future endeavors.”
He also added in the letter that the resignation was irrevocable.
As part of Rush’s resignation, a separation agreement between him and the school district was reached. According to one of the board members, the agreement was presented by the board and was considered “an amicable agreement.”
The agreement states that Rush will receive about $87,000 of compensation through June of 2020.
At the board meeting Wednesday night, a representative from the Gem County Education Association spoke, asking board members to deny the superintendent's resignation and allow him to finish his contract.
“As a trustee of the board, you have an undeniable responsibility to our students, our school district and the community of Emmett,” the representative said. “Monies needlessly spent to buy off the current superintendent will contribute to a climate of mistrust.”
After hearing from the GCEA and a few members of the public, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation and read a joint statement: “The board wishes to thank Superintendent Rush for dedicating his service to the district. The district will immediately post the position of superintendent as open and will actively seek out the best qualified person, seeking to make student achievement a top priority to lead the district into the future."
Rush has been superintendent for nine years. His last day with the district is June 30.