Hinton school district pays ex-superintendent $96,000 after his resignation in June

Patrick Duffy, the former superintendent of Hinton Public Schools, who left the district June 15 was paid $96,000 after his resignation, payroll records show.
by Andrew Knittle Published: September 17, 2012

“My resignation as superintendent of Hinton schools was due to no longer being a unifying leader for the Hinton Board of Education and our inability to work as a team for the best interests of the students and community,” Duffy said. “My vision and goals for the district no longer aligned with all the members on the board.”

Ken Spady, Hinton Board of Education president, could not be reached for comment. Other board members did not return phone messages.

Spady was listed as a reference on the employment application Duffy submitted to Oklahoma City Public Schools, dated May 24. Board member Steve Murray and former member Marsha Craddick also were listed.

Former testing coordinator Garrison will be paid about $28,000 between now and the end of the calendar year, according to her resignation agreement. The agreement also states the school district will not contest any unemployment claims made by Garrison during the school year. Garrison could not be reached to comment on this story.

Effects are unclear

While teachers are required to be certified in Oklahoma, superintendents and other administrators are required to have additional certification to serve in management roles for school districts.

The Education Department's findings include a laundry list of infractions related to the district's end-of-instruction testing procedures.

According to Hinton school officials, the district's testing activities will be monitored by the Education Department for the rest of the school year.

Brownen said the district was told by Education Department officials that “the invalidated scores arose … from how testing procedures and security were enforced” during exams. Infractions included improper documentation reported to the state, testing materials improperly secured before and after testing, and inadequate training of testing personnel, he said.

Education Department spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton said it's not clear how the testing infractions uncovered in Hinton will affect certification statuses of Duffy and Garrison.

“We are reviewing the files and evidence to determine whether board action is necessary,” she said.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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