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NISD buys out Hayes' contract for $233K

The Nacogdoches ISD school board votes in approval to hire an interim superintendent to replace Dr. Fred Hayes. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Nacogdoches ISD school board votes in approval to hire an interim superintendent to replace Dr. Fred Hayes. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Sandra Dowdy was appointed as interim superintendent. Her previous position was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. (Source:  KTRE Staff) Sandra Dowdy was appointed as interim superintendent. Her previous position was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Dowdy says she will begin to evaluate first central office. Two employees in key positions resigned on Thursday, plus her previous position is in need of an interim. (Source: KTRE Staff) Dowdy says she will begin to evaluate first central office. Two employees in key positions resigned on Thursday, plus her previous position is in need of an interim. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The Nacogdoches School board has bought out Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes' contract for $233,000.

The news came this morning after a two and half hour executive session meeting.

The board spent the majority of their time firming up their selection as interim.

It was a good meeting, NISD School Board President Steve Green was heard saying more than once. He and the board finalized their attorneys' separation agreement with Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes.

"He had two years on his contract and we negotiated back and forth until we came up with just a little bit over a year,” Green said.

The $233,000 buyout followed Hayes’ resignation on Thursday.

School district dissatisfaction from the public and the Texas Education Agency were among the most serious issues.

The board selected Sandra Dowdy, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, as interim superintendent.  

"Any other time we may have gone outside,” Green said. “At this particular time we just felt like we didn't need to coast."

Following congratulatory handshakes Dowdy got right to business to prove her formula for ending district turmoil will work.

"It's about putting systems and processes into place and monitoring and following up,” Dowdy said. “If you put that into place, it's easy to manage."

Dowdy said she'll start at the administrative level.

"We are. We're going to look at central office very carefully, see where we need people and others we'll collapse those positions,” Dowdy said. “That is correct."
 
Two central office resignations came on Thursday, plus there's Dowdy's previous position to evaluate. Also there are two low-performing campuses. No change could mean a district take over by the state.

"Every day, we've come to work through all these issues we've had lately,” Dowdy said. We've continued to progress. We've continued to move forward to start school. We're ready to begin school."

The superintendent’s resignation is just one of three administrative level resignation announcements.
On Thursday, Dr. Ronnie Knox told the board he's resigning as assistant superintendent of business operations to go to work at Sam Houston State University as superintendent of its charter schools.

Dr. Jo-Lynn Corley, the director of curriculum and instruction, resigned to become Gifted and Talented coordinator for Lufkin's Pineywoods Academy.

Dowdy will look at finding an interim for her previous position as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

One position she won't have to fill is principal for Nacogdoches High School.

The board interviewed and negotiated with Dr. Mike O'Guin who comes from Cypress Fairbanks School District.

He was hired at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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