In return for resigning as the business manager of Lyons-Brookfield School District 103, Jacqueline Parisi will receive a severance and benefits payments of more than $26,000.
Parisi’s separation agreement from the school district, which was approved by a 6 to 0 vote at the Feb. 23 school board meeting, was released to the Landmark on Monday in response to Freedom of Information request.
The district, for reasons that have yet to be explained, abruptly removed Parisi from her position on Aug. 26, 2016 and placed her on paid administrative leave. The district then began proceedings to fire her.
Parisi requested a hearing before the school board, as was her contractual right, and lawyers for the district and Parisi negotiated the separation agreement.
Parisi, who was to have been paid $118,000 for the 2016-17 school year, resigned effective March 1. Her contract was due to expire on June 30.
In addition to the $15,167 in severance pay, Parisi will also be paid nearly $11,000 for her 17 days of unused vacation time and five days of floating holidays that accrued while she was on administrative leave. Her daily rate of pay for unused vacation days is $491.67.
The district will also pay Parisi $600 a month for up to the next four months to at least partially cover the cost of Parisi’s health insurance. If Parisi obtains a job that provides employer-paid health insurance before June 30, the district’s obligation to pay Parisi for health insurance will end when she starts that job.
As part of the agreement, Parisi agrees not to sue the district. The agreement also states that Parisi agrees not to reapply for a job with District 103. Both Parisi and the school board agreed not to publicly disparage each other.
The agreement also includes a sample letter of recommendation for Parisi that the district agreed to provide. The letter lists seven accomplishments, including restructuring the 2015 tax levy, which resulted in tax revenue for the district.
Another accomplishment listed was reconciling and resolving a 2002 vendor complaint that resulted in savings of $30,000 to the district. Parisi is also credited with implementing an automated timesheet eliminating payroll errors.
In September 2016 the district hired retired school business manager Steve Langert to take over some of Parisi’s work. Langert, who is working two or three days a week, is being paid $100 an hour for no more than 599 hours of work.
The district is now seeking to hire a full-time business manager, most likely to start on July 1.