Murphy Won't Get Payout If Fired

Murphy Won't Get Payout If Fired

POSTED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:49pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:53pm

Superintendent Damon Murphy won't stand to benefit should he be terminated, that's according to his employment contract.

NewsChannel 9 also looked at the district's suspension and termination policy for the superintendent.

The school board may terminate the superintendent's contract and discharge him at any time for good cause as determined by the board.

But the superintendent shall be given reasonable notice in writing of the charges against him and a detailed explanation of the district's evidence.

If the superintendent wants to appeal the termination and or suspension, he must send a request for a hearing to the TEA commissioner within 15 days of receiving termination notice.

At that time, he can hire a representative and present arguments behind closed doors addressing the charges.

According to Damon Murphy's contract, he was supposed to continue working through June 2014.

If he's fired with "good cause", the district won't have to pay him a dime.

His annual salary is $170,000, plus a $1,200/month allowance for communication, in-district travel, and wellness benefit.

The Canutillo Associate Superintendent will take over Damon Murphy's day-to-day duties while he awaits his suspension, she said in a statement to district employees.

Annette Brigham says the superintendent's cabinet and all nine school principals met Friday morning on how they should move forward.

She says she will be helping principals and supervisors keep things running smoothly.

Employees with questions are being told to refer those to their supervisor or principal.

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