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Oldham County school board votes to part ways with superintendent Will Wells

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OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Oldham County school board voted Tuesday night to part ways with suspended superintendent Will Wells after a closed session meeting. 

The board emerged from a closed session and voted 5-0 to approve an agreement, under which Wells will resign effective Dec. 31. As part of his agreement to resign, Wells will continue to be paid and receive benefits through Sept. 30. He will also receive $60,000 before Jan. 15. 

The agreement also discontinues the investigation into Wells and does not "give rise to any inference of any guilt on the part of Wells for any matter related to the investigation."

"We feel like this brings a conclusion to our investigation and enables the school district to move forward with what our primary mission is, to educate students," said Joyce Fletcher, chairwoman of the Oldham County School board.

Wells was suspended by the school board in June. At that point, the board hired Fenzel to launch an investigation into Will Wells' management of district personnel, relationships with staff members and impact on staff morale, school board and community confidence in his ability to perform his job.

"It was felt that there have been some concerns regarding some decisions that our superintendent has made in terms of an interpersonal relationship," Fletcher said in June.

Former chief operating officer Rick McHargue is serving as the district's interim superintendent.

"The board believes it's a good settlement and all board members were in support of all parts of the settlement," Fletcher said after Tuesday's meeting.

Wells was named superintendent in 2012, after previously being an assistant superintendent in Oldham County. He has worked in the district since 1996 and previously in Jefferson County Public Schools as a math and science teacher and counselor.

Statement from Will Wells regarding his resignation:

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with notice of my voluntary resignation from the position of Superintendent of the Oldham County Schools.  I will be stepping down effective December 31, 2015 and pursuing another professional opportunity. While I very much look forward to a new professional opportunity, I will miss those of you with whom I have worked alongside during my two decades of service as an administrator in this great school system.  

Oldham County has been and continues to be one of the highest performing districts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This success is the product of the tireless effort and dedication of those employees, faculty and administrators who have worked with me throughout the years to insure our students fulfill their academic potential.  I am very proud of the achievements that the Oldham County schools have made during my tenure as Superintendent. During this time, we were able to stabilize the district financially, improve the operational efficiency of the district, increase the quality  and quantity of programs available to ALL students, provide raises to teachers and staff over and above those mandated by the state, and provide a greater number of professional growth and advancement opportunities to our teachers and administrators.

The investigation initiated by the Board roughly ten-weeks ago has placed considerable stress on my family and me. And, while the investigation did not substantiate any illegal, unethical or inappropriate activity on my behalf, it has confirmed that my working relationship with the Board has been irretrievably impaired. No school system can function effectively when its Board and its Superintendent no longer have the ability to work together. I will not jeopardize the well-being of the school system I have worked so long and so hard to strengthen, and therefore I have made the decision to resign.         

I would like to thank my attorney, Sam Hayward, for his assistance in negotiating this settlement between the board’s attorney, Mark Fenzel, and me.

Sincerely,

Will Wells, Ed. D 

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