Jaffrey-Rindge School District

District pays Barth $5,000

Conant principal’s resignation terms

JAFFREY — As the Jaffrey-Rindge School District opens a search for a new high school/middle school principal, school district documents indicate that the district paid the previous principal, John Barth, $5,000 when he resigned in late June.

According to a separation agreement between Barth and the school district, Barth also received $11,137 as an attendance credit buyback — payment for sick days and personal leave days that were not taken during his time with the district, and which are paid to administrators when they leave the district under the terms of the district’s contract with the Jaffrey-Rindge Administrator’s Organization. Barth also received $1,971.15 in payment for five vacation days.

Barth, whose salary for the 2013-2014 school year was $102,500, was placed on paid leave in late March, along with Conant High School music teacher Leonard Holmes. District officials have refused to comment on the reasons for the leaves.

Holmes resigned on Mary 5 and Barth resigned in late June, with Barth’s resignation effective at the end of the school year on June 30.

Jaffrey-Rindge School Superintendent Jim O’Neill said Friday that the district is actively looking for a person to replace Barth, who became principal at the high school in 2006 and added responsibility for the middle school a year ago. O’Neill said the district has not changed the job description and is seeking a principal to be in charge at both schools.

“We’ve posted an advertisement and we’ll see what we get for candidates,” O’Neill said.

The deadline for applications is July 28, and O’Neill said the School Board will be deciding whether to proceed with interviews at its first meeting in August.

“If we don’t feel we have a good pool of candidates, we’d consider alternatives,” O’Neill said.

One option might be to continue having Larry Pimental, the assistant principal at the high school, and Rob Clark, the middle school assistant principal, supervising day-to-day activities at the two schools for the next school year.

“We’d have to get some additional help for them, if we go in that direction,” O’Neill said.

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