DeLand-Weldon superintendent officially resigns

The DeLand-Weldon school board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Jeff Asmus, who has been on a leave of absence since October. A separation agreement was also approved unanimously by the board in a special meeting Tuesday evening.

The district will pay Asmus through Feb. 7 - which will exhaust his benefit time - but will not have to pay him the remainder of his three-year, $112,000 per year contract. He will also continue to receive individual health, vision and dental insurance coverage at the district's expense through June 30.

"The purpose of this letter is to tender my intent to separate from District No. 57 on Feb. 7, 2017 for personal health reasons," Asmus said in a letter to the school board. "I would like to thank the Board of Education for mutually and amicably separating our employment relationship.

"It is and has been my distinct honor to serve this District. I wish nothing but the absolute best to the members of the board of education, staff, community, parents and students."

The specifics of those health concerns were not spelled out by Asmus or board president Jamie Dunn, who clarified his recent leave was "considered a leave of absence, but he's using his sick time."

Asmus was hired last spring by a 4-3 vote of the school board and began officially on July 1 of 2016. By Oct. 21, the board announced he was on leave and hired Dr. Jeff Homes to return in his role as interim superintendent. Board president Jamie Dunn said Holmes would likely continue with the district through this school year.

The separation agreement states that Asmus, a Heyworth Junior/Senior High School principal for 17 years prior to coming to D-W, now has 21 days to consider the agreement.

There is also a two-way release of claims in the contract.

Dunn said the board will now turn its attention towards a search for a new superintendent.

"We are going to hopefully have a meeting soon to decide where we go from here. From now we keep Dr. Holmes, of course," said Dunn, adding "we're going to get together and look at how we're going to get someone hired and look to get someone hired."

Holmes served as interim for 2015-16 and also since October of this school year, but as a retired administrator can work no more than 100 days or 500 hours for public school districts in any fiscal year.

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