Brookfield-LaGrange Park School District 95 has parted ways with a veteran teacher, with the school board agreeing last month to a cash settlement in exchange for accepting her irrevocable resignation.
The school board on Aug. 14 voted to accept the resignation of teacher Deanne Ray, who worked primarily as a math teacher at S.E. Gross Middle School during her 24-year career in the school district.
That was the day before teachers were set to report to work for the 2018-19 school year, said Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski.
“We needed to know whether we had to hire another teacher or not,” said Kuzniewski. “Unfortunately the timing was out of our control.”
Ray’s one-sentence resignation letter states she was leaving for “personal reasons.”
The reasons for Ray’s departure from the district are unclear, and the settlement agreement, which the Landmark obtained through a Freedom of Information request, includes a clause stating that neither party may “disparage or denigrate” the other.
According to Kuzniewski, Ray taught math in grades five through eight at S.E. Gross Middle School until 2013-14, when she was assigned to Brook Park Elementary School as a math interventionist. For the 2017-18 school year, she was assigned to teach a section of fourth-grade at Brook Park.
By signing the agreement, Ray also waived her right to sue the school board or any other employee or agent of District 95.
In exchange for submitting her letter of resignation, Ray will receive a lump sum payment of $90,000 on Jan. 15, 2019 and the school board has agreed to provide, at the district’s full expense, health and dental insurance for Ray and her dependents through Feb. 29, 2020.
The school district also agreed to provide Ray with a letter of reference, signed by Kuzniewski.