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Willoughby offered three-year contract
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The DeKalb County Board of Education voted Friday night to offer Director of Schools Mark Willoughby a new three-year employment agreement.In a special-called meeting, the board voted 4-3 to offer the director a three-year contract.Chairman Johnny Lattimore and board members John David Foutch, Charles Robinson and Kenny Rhody voted to offer the three-year arrangement. Billy Miller, Doug Stephens and W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, who voiced a preference for a one-year term, cast votes against the measure.Willoughby's salary will remain essentially the same at $97,675 per year plus benefits, and very few changes were made to the contract, but the new pact revises the terms under which the director may be terminated for cause.A provision requiring the director to repay the school system up to $10,000 to defray the cost of replacing him if he resigns within the first year of his contract was removed from the document, and the authority of the board to transfer him to another position in the school system in the event the board wishes to remove him as director was eliminated as well.Just after the meeting began, copies of the new contract, with changes recommended by Chuck Cagle, an attorney for the School Boards Association who often represents the local school system, was circulated to the members of the board. A previous version had been viewed by board members in workshops on the matter, but they had not yet perused the final draft.A 10-minute recess was called to allow members to read the new proposal, and after the board reconvened, Miller pointed out that a clause that he had requested be put into the contract had been removed.Miller was referring to a provision that would demand Willoughby repay the school system for the cost of conducting a search for a new director if he should resign at any time during the contract.