Elida board, elementary principal part ways

By Lance Mihm - lmihm@civitasmedia.com

ELIDA — The Elida school board approved a resignation agreement with elementary principal Melanie Nixon that will release her from a three-year contract a year early while offering her financial incentive to do so.

In a unanimous decision Friday during a special board meeting, the board agreed to give Nixon two lump sum payments of $10,000 each. The first payment will be paid to Nixon directly and the second will be paid to a deferred compensation account on Nixon’s behalf. Nixon will also receive severance pay for any unused sick leave when she leaves the district. The agreement states that Nixon’s last day in the district will be June 30.

Both officials with the school district and Nixon herself were tight-lipped for the reason of the mutual agreement to end her contract. Superintendent Joel Mengerink said “it gives us a chance to move in a different direction.”

Board president Pat Schymanski said it was a move the board felt was in the best interest of both parties.

“Its one of those tough things where you ask if everyone involved is satisfied,” Schymanski said. “From her point of view, we felt it was best for everyone if she resigned early.”

Board member Jeff Christoff offered that there were conflicts with development in which the board was not satisfied. He referred further comment to the board president.

Nixon offered only that she was seeking other options for what she wanted to do and did not want to comment further.

Nixon has served in the district as the assistant principal of both the elementary and middle schools at Elida before becoming the elementary principal. She has been in the district for eight years and has spent 29 years working in education. She is the wife of current Lima City Council President John Nixon.

The agreement specifies that in return for the payment, Nixon is waiving any rights to other future payments or fringe benefits. The agreement also states that Nixon cannot bring any legal action against the school, its officials or staff and that if she had any current legal claims, they would be dropped. Nixon did not have any current pending legal actions. Any legal action would would breach the agreement.

Nixon’s personnel file did not indicate any previous problems during her tenure at Elida.

Schymanski said the job opening has already been posted with an application deadline of May 31. The advertisement for the position states an Aug. 1 start date for the new principal.


By Lance Mihm


Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or on Twitter @LanceMihm

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or on Twitter @LanceMihm

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