Attorneys for the Crossett School District and suspended superintendent Dr. Bruce Bryant are currently negotiating the terms of a buyout of the final year on Bryant’s 2-year, $130,000 a year contract. The contract expires on June 30, 2013.

“We hope to have some kind of settlement worked out by the end of this week,” said interim superintendent Norman Hill.

Hill, the district’s business manager and business consultant to a number of school districts, agreed to serve as interim superintendent, following the Crossett School Board’s 3-2 vote in April to suspend Bryant with pay.

While the board did not cite the reason for Bryant’s suspension, a state Legislative Audit report indicated that two school employees were receiving a significantly higher salary that was approved in the district’s salary schedule.

The audit report included a March 12 management letter, saying that the district’s assistant superintendent and the football coach/athletic director are being paid more than what was approved in the district salary schedule.

The assistant superintendent should be making $79,567, according to the approved salary schedule. However, a contract totaling $99,276 was issued. Dr. June Elliot, the assistant superintendent has since resigned.

The football coach/athletic director should receive $63,505 based on the salary schedule but was making $72,764, audit report.