Richland 2

Richland 2's Brochu paid $130,000 in severance

cclick@thestate.comJuly 18, 2013 

Katie Brochu


— The Richland 2 school board paid $130,000 in severance to former superintendent Katie Brochu, who resigned last month amid growing discontent over her administration.

An agreement between Brochu, who earned $223,000 in annual salary, was released by the district Thursday.

Spokesman Ken Blackstone earlier said he knew of no settlement beyond her regular salary.

The document is dated the day she resigned, June 13. It is signed by each of the board members.

The settlement indicates that Brochu would receive part of the settlement as a $20,000 annuity and the rest as a lump sum.

Brochu stunned the district with her surprise decision to resign, although there were signs her tenure would be short. The board had expressed restrained confidence in her last year, but ordered that she improve community relationships and figure out why the district had begun to lag behind other Midlands districts in standardized test scores.

A longtime administrator in the district, Debra “Debbie” Hamm was named interim superintendent and has already been embraced for her understanding of the culture of Richland 2, which includes a focus on magnet and choice programs.

She began work July 1, the effective date of Brochu’s resignation.


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