At the April 17 Palm Beach County School Board meeting, Frank Barbieri obviously was peeved at Art Johnson. Mr. Barbieri, a lawyer and former board chairman, explained why the board should warn the ex-superintendent of legal consequences if Dr. Johnson tries to carry out his duties as the new executive director of the Palm Beach County School Administrators Association, which represents principals and assistant principals.
Recalling the events in 2011 that led to Dr. Johnson leaving the district, Mr. Barbieri said: “Johnson was about to be fired by this board. His representative contacted me to negotiate a mutually agreed upon separation agreement in lieu of being fired.” The agreement, which Dr. Johnson signed just five minutes before the deadline and which gave him a roughly $400,000 severance package. It included a promise that after leaving Dr. Johnson would contact school personnel “exclusively” through the superintendent.
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