NCHS Board Approves Retirement Agreement With Superintendent Ernie Fowler

NCHS Board Approves Retirement Agreement With Superintendent Ernie Fowler

Fowler To Receive Compensation As Consideration For Retirement

By Alex Haglund

The Board of Nashville Community High School approved a retirement agreement with District Superintendent Ernie Fowler following their regular meeting for the month of September, which was held on Monday, September 25, when no action was taken, then reconvened on Tuesday, September 26, when the board approved the retirement agreement before adjourning.

Fowler has been a controversial figure at the school and in the community following the “Volleyball” column written by him and published by this newspaper. At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the Nashville Education Association, the teachers’ union, made a statement of “no confidence” in Fowler as well.

The board refused to comment on the conditions of the retirement agreement that they had approved at the meeting. The district did release the agreement the following day, Wednesday, September 27.

The agreement gives Fowler’s 56th birthday, September 26, as the effective date for his retirement, and the date that he was eligible to retire. The agreement cites Fowler’s wish to retire due to personal and family related reasons, and the Board’s wish to facilitate him doing so.

In terms of compensation, the agreement has the district paying out a one-time, post-retirement bonus of $63,540. There is a separate payment to Fowler authorized by the board in the amount of $54,000, in consideration of Fowler’s voluntary waiver of his rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

The District will also pay for health, vision and dental insurance coverage up to a maximum monthly contribution of $1,865 for Fowler and his dependents for the months of November, December, January and February.

Fowler’s vacation and sick days were to be used from the date of September 6, through the last effective date of employment, September 25, with any remaining days being waived after that point.

The agreement has the Board releasing Fowler, and Fowler releasing the Board from various liabilities and claims and demands upon its adoption.

Following the Tuesday night meeting, statements on the agreement (and on business at NCHS moving forward) were released by the school board, and by the teachers’ union.