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Chisum ISD board divided over Stegall's resignation

A divided school board accepted the resignation of Chisum Independent School District Superintendent Diane Stegall on Monday. The move could cost the district more than $105,000.

Diane Stegall
Diane Stegall

“I move we accept the resignation and authorize the board president to negotiate a voluntary exit agreement,” Jimmy Caffee said following an hour-long closed session. Secretary Lori Collins seconded the motion, and the two were joined by board President Larry Rickman and Dashielle Floyd.

Travis Ball, Vice President Paul Hutto and Lisa Butler, the alternate secretary, voted against.

“It is with mixed emotions that I submit my letter of resignation to you effective June 30, 2013,” Stegall wrote to the board. “When I came to Chisum ISD in July of 1993, I had no idea that I would be here for 20 years. During that time, I have had the privilege of working with many great teachers and educational professionals who make Chisum ISD the district it is today.”

In a separate statement, Stegall said she came on board when the district was academically unacceptable and has worked to help make it an exemplary district.

“It would be unfair of me to not step aside and let the district find a new leader to work closely with the board to set a new direction for Chisum ISD,” she said. “Thirty-five years ago, I began a career in education that I felt called to follow. I can truly say that during that time, it has been challenging, rewarding and a career with no regrets.”

She said she will “always hold a special place in my heart” for CISD and wished continued success for the district.

She had no other comment other than to say that she is “of retirement age.”

Stegall is under contract until 2015. The voluntary exit agreement says she will draw her full salary through the end of June. After that, the district will pay $105,887.86 in two installments – on July 1 and then Jan. 15 of next year. The agreement also includes provisions that the district and Stegall will not sue one another or make disparaging remarks about each other. Any inquiries into her employment would be directed to Ball.

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