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Holland School Board appoints interim business leader

The Holland School Board appointed an interim business leader Monday following the resignation of Patrice Beadle last week at a hastily called special meeting.

Thomas Bagley, retired business administrator for the Hamburg School District, will take over as the Holland district’s top business official – a position he held there more than a decade ago.

When asked about Beadle’s unexpected departure, School Board President Steve Marom called the move “mutual.” He would not elaborate on the specifics of a separation agreement that the district’s attorneys drew up with the former business official, but he did say it provided pay and benefits to Beadle for a limited time.

A Freedom of Information Act search shows that Beadle will be paid $10,096 and continue to receive her group medical insurance benefits from the district through Aug. 31, despite her employment having ended July 16.

The agreement, which the board approved 4-0 at a sparsely attended meeting last Wednesday, also specifies that Beadle will not file any claim, complaint or action against the district and that she entered the agreement voluntarily.

Beadle signed the document July 16, and interim Superintendent Sylvia Root signed it on behalf of the district Monday – a day before she was set to complete her yearlong stay in Holland.

It was also the first day on the job for new Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos, but her signature is not on the document.

Beadle, hired during former Superintendent Dennis Johnson’s administration, worked in Holland for less than two years. Last July she requested that her title be changed from “school business leader” to “school business official,” but the board denied the request. Just a year ago this week, school officials signed a separation agreement with Johnson who had been with the district less than three years.

That parting was also called “mutual” despite his stormy tenure in Holland. His separation agreement cost the district $77,154.

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