Turnage interim ed chief
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 AM
Robert Turnage, former superintendent of the Philadelphia Public School District, said he was excited to be back in the district after being hired last week as interim superintendent.
The School Board hired Turnage on a part time basis for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year, in the wake of the resignation of Dr. Terry Larabee.
Turnage, who lives in Philadelphia, served as superintendent for the city school district from 1995 through 2002.
"We welcome Mr. Turnage, his experience, and his leadership back to the district and the Philadelphia Public School District family," the school board said.
President Ron Sparnecht said the School Board would start a search for a new superintendent after the first of the year.
"Mr. Turnage was so very kind to help us out once again," he said. "He's doing this on a part time basis. He has a lot of knowledge of the school district. He's well received in the school district and well respected. We are just delighted to have a man of his caliber to assist us."
Turnage currently works under contract with the state Department of Education where he mainly focuses on grant administration.
Sparnecht said the interim superintendent is currently evaluating the district to "see where we can make improvements and move on."
Larabee resigned effective Oct. 28 after reaching a $100,000 settlement in a month-long negotiation with the city School Board after being placed on administrative leave on Sept. 4.
He gave up the remainder of his contract which was in effect until June 30, 2015, as well as any future causes of action, the School Board said in a prepared statement.
"Philadelphia Public School District has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle all differences between the parties," the statement said.
Larabee was paid $95,000 annually as superintendent.
The School Board began negotiating a "settlement" with Larabee in September, according to its minutes.