Booneville Schools Superintendent John Parrish and the Booneville School Board reached a separation agreement Tuesday night, according to the minutes from the special school board meeting.
The Booneville Democrat has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the details of the agreement.
Following approval of the agreement, which came on a motion by Todd Tatum and second by Mike Farris, the board also approved Scotty Pierce to serve as the interim superintendent for the district, effective Feb. 7.
Pierce, who has served as the junior high and high school principals and is currently the district’s federal programs coordinator, will be compensated an additional $39,929.18 for assuming the additional responsibilities.
Coupled with his federal programs coordinator contract of $74,243.25, Pierce’s total compensation for this school year will be $114,172.43.
The board also approved replacing Parrish with Pierce on all financial accounts pertaining to the school district.
The resignation comes almost a month after the board tabled discussion on Parrish’s contract during its regularly scheduled Jan. 9 meeting. The same seven-member board had given Parrish a three-year contract 12 months earlier.
Parrish was in his 10th year as the superintendent, taking over in the summer of 2008, selected after his predecessor was terminated by the board.
According to the school district’s website, Parrish’s contract stipulates a salary of $102,007.50 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Parrish’s tenure with the school has been marked with both turmoil and accolades.
His time in Booneville got off to a rocky start with the dismal of a curriculum coordinator and principal in the first weeks on the job.
He also announced 10 employees would be let go due to declining revenues as a result of losses in student enrollment. That would be changed to anyone wishing to have a job with the district would have one but their roles could be changed and several employees left the district.
Last April the school district became the first in the state to have advertising on its school buses and while Parrish was in charge the district launched its robotics program and also secured a grant for new robitics classes and launched the pre-kindergarten program.
He also helped acquire multiple heifers to start the the FFA’s heifer project and raised thousands in scholarship dollars through pledges for a walk from the state capital to the high school last year.