WBEZ | severance packages http://www.wbez.org/tags/severance-packages Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Report: Educator severances cost millions http://www.wbez.org/story/report-educator-severances-cost-millions-89303 <p><div><p>A published report says severance packages paid&nbsp;to superintendents have cost Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars&nbsp;over the last decade.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune reports that school boards have given out&nbsp;six-figure separation checks, district-paid health care, cash for&nbsp;sick days and even a Mercedes to unwanted of superintendents. The&nbsp;newspaper reviewed more than 100 superintendent contracts,&nbsp;financial records and severance agreements over the last ten years.&nbsp;</p><p>In one case the superintendent of a Cook County school district resigned after a just a year. He left with a $100,000 severance&nbsp;payment and had left a previous Lake County high school earlier,&nbsp;getting more than $30,000 in unused vacation.&nbsp;</p><p>The head of the National School Boards Association says the&nbsp;behind-closed-doors deals raise questions about accountability and&nbsp;fiscal woes.</p></div></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-educator-severances-cost-millions-89303