Evanston (Ill.) schools chief to get $175K severance after abrupt resignation

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hardy Murphy surprised many in the community when he announced his resignation on Aug. 12, just two weeks before the start of school and days after his departure took effect. Murphy said he was leaving the district to pursue consulting opportunities.

At a school board meeting Monday evening, board president Tracy Quattrocki read a prepared statement announcing the severance package, said district spokeswoman Pat Markham.

"Understandably, our community has asked questions about the timing and circumstances leading to his departure," Quattrocki said in her statement. "In response to the communities questions, and in light of the fact tonight the board will formerly approve the separation agreement with Dr. Murphy, we would like to briefly outline the terms of the resignation."

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