Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker
New Edgecombe County Public School superintendent John D. Farrelly will be receive a compensation package of approximately $150,000 per year under the terms of his four-year contract, which becomes effective on July 1.
Included in that package is a base of $9,948 — the maximum allocated monthly by the state to the county — a local monthly supplement of $1,667 ($20,000 annually), $500 per month car allowance to cover any and all in-county driving and mileage expenses as well as paying the full premium for family health insurance benefits under any plan approved for other professional employees of the school system.
The contract will run from July 1 until June 30, 2016.
Under the agreement, Farrelly will be required to undergo an annual physical and to provide certification from a physician that he physically fit to perform the duties of his job. If Farrelly’s health declines to the point he is unable to perform the duties of his job for a period of 90 beyond his earned time off, the board has the option to terminate the contract.
The contract also contains a clause that allows Farrelly to be “subject to discharge for good and just causes as provided by North Carolina General Statute 1ISC-274, provided, however, that the Board does not arbitrarily or capriciously call for his dismissal …”
Under that clause, Farrelly maintains the right to receive any charges in writing, a hearing before the board and 10 days’ written notice of the charges and hearing unless the board determines an emergency exists.
The board may also, at its option, unilaterally terminate the contract. In that event, Farrelly would receive approximately $11,614 per month for 12 months from the date of termination.
The agreement also allows Farrelly to resign, provided he gives the board at least 60 days written notice.