Former Beth-Center superintendent’s settlement terms revealed

March 26, 2013

DEEMSTON – Other than a four-month paid leave of absence, the former superintendent of Bethlehem-Center School District will receive no special financial incentives for turning in his early resignation, his settlement with the district indicates.

James B. Stockdale II of Beaver, who took a leave from Beth-Center Dec. 3, will receive his last paycheck as superintendent at the end of the month and is due $2,041 in professional travel reimbursements for his expenses involving travel of 3,711 miles between July 5 and Nov. 30, the signed settlement shows.

With more than a year left on his first four-year contract at Beth-Center, Stockdale submitted a three-sentence letter of resignation Feb. 23, stating he would resign for personal and professional reasons March 29.

The document includes a confidentiality clause requiring both sides to refrain from commenting on Stockdale’s departure or face a $5,000 penalty.

His contract required him to receive a $100,000 salary in the first year. Under the terms of the settlement, he releases all claims against Beth-Center, including those for discrimination, harassment, breach of contract and legal fees.

Both sides also agreed Stockdale had exhausted all of his sick time benefits prior to his resignation. Stockdale also agreed to never reapply for a position at Beth-Center.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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