The Crossett School District and Dr. Bruce Bryant have completed negotiations in the buyout of Bryant’s contract and agreed to a sum of $50,000 for the 12 months remaining on Bryant’s 2-year, $130,000 a year, superintendent contract which was set to expire on June 30, 2013.
Bryant was suspended with pay in April following a 3-2 vote of the Crossett School Board. While the board did not cite a reason for Bryant’s suspension, a state Legislative Audit report indicated that two school employees were receiving significantly higher salaries than what was approved in the school district’s salary schedule.
The audit report included a March 12 management letter saying the district’s assistant superintendent and the football coach/athletic director were being paid more than what the salary schedule authorized.
According to the management letter, the assistant superintendent should have been making $79,567, however, a contract totaling $99,276 was issued. Dr. June Elliot, the assistant superintendent, has since resigned.
The football coach/athletic director should have received $63,505 based on the salary schedule but was making $72,764, according to the audit report.
Bryant and the school board last year approved the salary increase for Brad Bradshaw, the district’s athletic director and former head coach of the high school’s football team, but did so without the required majority vote of the district’s certified staff, according to Norman Hill, the district’s interim superintendent.
Hill, last month, recommended that Bradshaw’s salary be reduced to what was approved in the salary schedule and the school board, voting 3-1, agreed to uphold Hill’s recommendation.