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Dubuque school board accepts superintendent's resignation

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Larie Godinez's employment with the district will officially end June 30 Larie Godinez's employment with the district will officially end June 30
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

In a special meeting Wednesday night, members of the Dubuque school board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of superintendent Larie Godinez.

Godinez's employment will officially end June 30, although she has been on indefinite and voluntary leave since early May.

The board approved the terms of a settlement, which include $15,000 in salary for the month of June plus an $80,104.54 lump sum, comprised of $73,035.52 severance pay, $5,689.70 for accrued vacation and $1,379.32 for unused personal days.

Board president Craig Beytien said these terms of agreement are not out of the ordinary.

"If you look at the last time that the district had a separation, factoring in cost of living, it was pretty similar to what has been done in the past," he said after Wednesday's meeting.

The Dubuque school board will soon begin the process of looking for a new superintendent.

"We're going to be meeting in the next couple weeks to set forth that process, and my hope is that we could probably, I mean, ideally, I'd like to have a new superintendent in place when school starts," Beytien said, "but it will come down to what kind of pool we establish and what process we use to determine who should best lead the district."

In late April, board members voted unanimously to consider terminating Godinez's contract. They cited loss of confidence by staff and a failure to lead effectively.

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