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Gerry Washburn, former superintendent for Roseburg Public Schools, speaks to educators during a presentation in August 2015.

The separation agreement between former Roseburg Schools Superintendent Gerry Washburn and the Roseburg School District shows Washburn will receive a lump sum of $150,000.

The settlement amount is in addition to amounts earned and paid to Washburn by the district. A call Wednesday morning to district officials about how the settlement was paid for was not immediately returned.

No details concerning the reasons for his termination were made available, and board members declined to comment.

The agreement stated that the district’s response to the press or the public would be that “the superintendent’s employment was terminated without cause.”

By signing, Washburn agreed to release, absolve, acquit and discharge the district of, and from, all rights, claims or damages.

By signing the agreement, Washburn agrees that it is “a binding waiver of any claims against the district, including claims for age discrimination.”

Washburn was put on administrative leave on Aug. 9, when Robert Freeman was appointed as the interim superintendent while details of the agreement were worked out. His employment with the district was terminated as of Aug. 31.

Washburn had been in the district for three years. He was an assistant superintendent in the Los Alamos School District in New Mexico before moving to Roseburg

According to the Los Alamos Post, Washburn moved to Los Alamos in 1984 to work at a bank. He began coaching in Los Alamos in 1995 and started working for the school district in 1996.

Washburn served as assistant superintendent and had other administrative positions in the district, including time as director of human resources for one year and elementary school principal for three years.

He coached at Los Alamos and at Pojoaque Valley Schools for 10 years, and in 2000, Washburn was named New Mexico’s 4A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

A search is underway for a permanent replacement for the position. Freeman will serve in the interim role for the remainder of the school year until a permanent replacement can be found.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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