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Former school official to be paid through September

Ex-Shaler Area School District Assistant Superintendent Brad Ferko will be paid through September and receive medical benefits through the end of the year, school officials said Wednesday.

The board voted 7-0 last night to accept Ferko's resignation, about a week after he abruptly announced the decision, citing personal reasons. School board members Lynn Fezza and Mark Weidner were absent.

Officials said Ferko will be paid for accrued vacation and personal days amounting to about a week and will receive five weeks of severance pay. His salary for the current school year is $92,774. At that rate, his pay over six weeks calculates to $10,704. His salary last school year was $90,011.

Preserving medical benefits through the end of the year is "something we tried to do for him and his family. He has a wife and three kids," Superintendent Donald Lee said.

Ferko refused to explain his decision when approached at his Sarver home last night.

"It's what the district said it is. It's personal reasons," he said.

During an emergency meeting called Sunday night, Superintendent Donald Lee informed board members of Ferko's resignation, effective Monday.

"It's a shame he had to leave. We tried whatever we could do to help him out," board member James Fisher said. "I wish there was something else we could do."

Ferko came to Shaler in January 1998 and was in charge of education -- excluding special education -- curriculum writing and teacher training, and he acted as supervisor for the principals of the district's eight schools. He also assisted in interviewing and hiring teachers.

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