The IPS school board voted in favor of a hefty severance package for its outgoing superintendent Thursday.
In a 5-1 vote, the board approved paying Dr. Eugene White a salary of $188,000 in addition to a car allowance and bonuses each year. Board members said he would receive $619,121.51 between now and 2018, not including the allowances and bonuses. Original estimates had placed the severance package at nearly $800,000.
Earlier this month, White announced he would retire effective April 5. His contract, however, doesn’t end until 2015.
White’s future with the school district had been questioned after new school board members were elected in November, eliminating the majority number of supporters he had on the board.
He has faced criticism for the loss of more than 5,000 students to charter schools and 350 students signing up for vouchers to attend private schools during his tenure. Additionally, a recent survey conducted by the school district, given to thousands of parents, came back with strong criticism of the school system. Fifty-two percent of the 7,000 who responded gave IPS a score of six or lower on a 10-point scale.
White first came to Indianapolis as principal of North Central High School in 1990. He later became a deputy superintendent for Washington Township before being elevated to superintendent with the district. He took the superintendent position at IPS in 2005.