Pope Receives $99K in Separation Agreement
The former superintendent signed the agreement from Florida.
Former Superintendent Anthony Pope, who resigned effective July 2, will receive more than $99,000 as part of an agreement between him and the Marlborough School Committee.
In exchange for a payment of $99,078.92, Pope acknolwedges that the city will not support any application for unemployment benefits. In addition, both parties agree not to disparage the other.
The payout represents nearly nine months of pay based on Pope's current annual salary of $160,000.
Documents associated with the agreement show it was signed by Pope on July 3, and notarized in the state of Florida. Mayor Arthur Vigeant signed the agreement on July 5 and it was released a day later.
Pope's resignation, which was announced by Vigeant on June 26, capped several months of turmoil and controversy in the Marlborough Public Schools.
Pope's decision to first suspend and later fire Marlborough High School Assistant Principal Adam Bakr angered many students, who rallied for his return. Pope's reaction to the student protests led to a host of complaints against him for unprofessional behavior and resulted in an allegation of assault from a faculty member.
The city's teachers union also took a vote of no-confidence in the superintendent and one School Committee meeting before his resignation, Pope issued a statement apologizing for misunderstandings. That same meeting more than a dozen students, teachers and parents lobbied the committee to fire Pope in order to get the district back on track.
After his resignation, Pope released a statement highlighting some of the district's accomplishments during his approximately two-year tenure.