Altoona (WQOW) -- The Altoona School Board has reached a settlement agreement with embattled former superintendent Connie Biedron to end her employment with the district.
Following months of negotiations, and a three hour closed session meeting on Friday, the two sides agreed to part ways.
"In brief what the agreement includes is Dr. Biedron's salary and insurance benefits will continue through the remainder of this contract year," said attorney Kirk Strang.
Biedron's contract will now end on June 30, 2018. Her annual salary is $136,311. In addition, the district will also pay a modest insurance benefit into November. As part of the agreement, Biedron must waive all complaints against the district and cannot file any future complaints.
Biedron was removed as superintendent in December and reassigned to a different role in the district. Part of her responsibilities including grant writing. She had worked for the district for six years, but her tenure became tenuous after staff complaints, and for her role in the controversial firing of a football coach last fall.
The board told News 18 that negotiations for Biedron's release began in November and everyone is happy to finally have closure.
"The board is very excited to be at this point so we can now go forward for our teachers and our students. It's time," said Helen Drawbert, Vice President of the Altoona School Board.
The negotiations have held up the search for Biedron's replacement, the board tells News 18. members aid they needed to get the situation off the books before they could turn the next page.
"We've listened to our teachers, we've listened to our community members, and they will be a very important piece in going forward on who will lead this district, most definitely," Drawbert said.
The board hopes to start searching for their future leader in the near future.
UPDATE: The Altoona School Board has reached a settlement with former Superintendent Connie Biedron to end her employment with the district.
The school board spent about 3 hours in closed session Friday afternoon.
Biedron was removed as superintendent in December and reassigned to a different role in the district.
Biedron will be paid through the end of this year's contract which ends in June. Her yearly salary is $136,311.
News 18 has a reporter at the meeting, and we will bring you more information as we learn it, on air and online.
Posted December 2017
Altoona (WQOW) - After another closed session meeting Monday night, the Altoona school board removed Superintendent Connie Biedron from her duties, effective immediately.
Board member, David Rowe, read the board's announcement after an hour and a half long closed-session Monday night.
"Id like to make a motion effective immediately, the Altoona School Board will remove Dr. Biedron from the duties and responsibilities of the Altoona School District. Dr. Biedron will be temporarily re-assigned till the next step can be taken," Rowe read.
Following the announcement, attendees of the meeting began to clap and cheer. School board president, Robin Elvig, then went on to say the following statement.
"I want you to all stop now, this has been a highly emotional three months for all of us okay? I can't reiterate, all eyes are on us right now and we need to act respectful to all involved. We want to take this district further and we want to make this district healthy again," Elvig said.
School board president Robin Elvig made the announcement Monday just before 9 p.m.
Biedron is no longer active as the superintendent, but she is will remain in the district, temporarily re-assigned until further steps are taken.
The board is still negotiating terms of her departure, and they plan to release information to school district staff in the morning.
Mike Markgren will take over the administrative responsibilities for the district temporarily. Before taking over Biedron's duties, Markgren was the district's Business Manager.
News 18 reached out to Markgren and all of the board members on Tuesday following the meeting, to get reaction and to find out what the board's next steps will be. News 18 has yet to hear back from any of them at this time.