With summer vacation ending next month, the Fort Bend school district faces a leadership vacuum after the buyout of Superintendent Timothy Jenney's contract and the departure of several other top administrators.
The board of the state's seventh-largest district voted unanimously Monday to allow Jenney, 59, to retire and to pay him a year's salary and benefits. His salary was $260,339 last year, state records show.
He also will receive an $18,000 performance bonus, half of the amount he qualified for under his contract.
Jenney's contract had guaranteed him a job through 2016. The majority of trustees had voted in January to extend his tenure, indicating their support for his leadership. But the makeup of the board changed in May when two incumbents lost their re-election bids and another didn't run.
"Everyone has their supporters and detractors, but my relationship with him was good," board president Jim Rice said Wednesday.