Great Bend school superintendent resigns, kept on payroll

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN has learned that Brad Reed will still get his salary and a $90,000 payout but won’t be on the job.

All these details are in a separation agreement, the board approved at Monday’s meeting.

Reed submitted his resignation and retirement to the Great Bend school board, and the district agreed to a “leave of absence” starting immediately.

KSN asked for the “separation agreement and release” documents that outline Reed’s resignation.

The document reads: “…differences have arisen between the district and Mr. Reed and both have an interest in facilitating Mr. Reed’s separation from the District…,” it goes on to say it is a voluntary resignation.

In the paperwork, the district agrees to “… pay the remainder of Mr. Reed’s 2016-2017 contract… including benefits…” That salary rate is $135,000 per year.

In addition, the district agrees to “… pay Mr. Reed. a lump sum payment of an additional $90,000 between the dates of January 2, 2017, and January 6, 2017…

The agreement continues to say: “The District’s liability insurance will cover and defend Mr. Reed regarding any claims, counts, grievances, causes of action, demands, liabilities or suits brought by any third parties against the District or Mr. Reed…”

In the document, Reed also waives his right to claims, grievances or suits against the district.

While board president Joyce Carter, confirmed that Reed was granted an immediate leave of absence, she did not answer multiple other emails or calls asking why Reed was granted the leave, and why he was given an additional $90,000 as part of his resignation.

Assistant superintendent Khris Thexton is taking over as interim. He would not speak to the specifics of Reed’s departure.

“Great Bend has a great school district,” said Thexton. “We have a lot of great things going on, and we just want to make sure we continue to keep those going and keep growing the Great Bend school district.”

Earlier in the day, KSN reached out to multiple board members to ask about Reed’s resignation.

According to board members, it had nothing to do with the bus incident involving the swim team, that ended with several students being convicted of misdemeanor battery.

After KSN obtained the copy of the agreement, KSN reached out again to those board members — to ask why Reed is being offered this payout — but we have not heard back from anyone.

KSN will continue to ask these questions and update you when we get those answers.