Dr. Verna Ruffin


JMC School Board Approves Superintendent Contract

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn-The Jackson-Madison County School Board has unanimously approved the contract for new superintendent Verna Ruffin, with one contingency: that her background check comes back clear.

Monday night, the board met in a specially called meeting that lasted only 15 minutes. They quickly approved the seven-page contract, which chairman David Clifft said Dr. Ruffin has accepted.

The only slow down with he birthday check was a wrong birthday on the original search, so the board has asked for another.

"We've had some stumbling blocks along the way but we've gotten over them, the search went well overall, it's ended well and I think everybody on the board is pleased with," said David Clifft, chairman, of the Jackson-Madison County School Board. "I have no second thoughts about who we've chosen, I'm completely content with it."

Some of the highlights form the contract include, it effective from July 1 of this year until June 30, 2016, with an annual salary of $150,000 and an additional $700 per month for use of her personal car and 20 cents per mile reimbursement rate.

She will receive up to $10,000 in moving expenses, as will up to two-month of temporary housing with a limit of $1,500 per month.
The contract also gives the board the ability to fire her without cause with a 60 day notice. However, should Dr. Ruffin decide to leave within the first two years of her contract, she must pay to recruit a new superintendent at a cost of up to $20,000.


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