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Shawn Tobin

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


The Dade County Sentinel has received a breakdown of the amount Superintendent Shawn Tobin was paid when the Dade County Board of Education voted last week to grant him early retirement. This had been mutually agreed upon by the BOE and Mr. Tobin.

All the information made available at the meeting was a written statement released by Board Chairperson Carolyn Bradford that read:

“Both the Board of Education and Mr. Tobin has mutually agreed to arrange for an earlier retirement date for Mr. Tobin. This will allow the Board of Education to immediately appoint an Interim Superintendent and move forward the process of choosing a full-time Superintendent. We certainly appreciate Mr. Tobin’s great service to this school system and community.”

When ask the amount of the buyout it was stated that an Open Records Request would be necessary for that information.

The Sentinel received the information last week after an Open Records Request.

The total amount paid to Superintendent Tobin was $44,543.98. That was given to him at Thursday night’s meeting in one check. This represents the total payment to him.

Of that amount $8,908.69 was for his February salary that he had already earned and did not figure into the amount paid to him as a condition of his early retirement.

Also included in that amount was $13,883.74 of unused vacation pay as well as other earned income that would have been paid at the end of his contract.

The Board also paid him $21,751.55 (includes social security and teacher retirement) as his salary for March and April 2014, which was what he would have been paid if he had worked until his original retirement date.

According to Board Members this was the total compensation paid for his early retirement and is all the money he was entitled to if he had remained on the job the next two months.

Cherie Swader has been appointed Interim Superintendent until a replacement can be found and her current position as Associate Superintendent will not be filled. Some of her past duties will be spread out among the current staff.

It is expected that Swader will see an increase in pay equal to the amount former Superintendent Tobin was being paid. That amount is not known at this time but will be money paid in addition to what would have been paid if Tobin had stayed to his early retirement date.

The Board will be advertising for the position soon and interviews will begin in the near future.




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