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Roseburg School District Superintendent Gerry Washburn works with fifth graders during class time at Winchester Elementary School on March 6. The school board recently approved a separation agreement with Washburn.

The Roseburg School Board of Directors voted Monday afternoon to approve a separation agreement between the Roseburg School District and former superintendent Gerry Washburn at a board meeting held.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the agreement, with Howard Johnson as the only dissenting vote. Steve Patterson, Charles Lee, Micki Hall, Rod Cotton and chairman Joe Garcia all voted to approve the agreement. No details of the deal were released in the public meeting, which lasted long enough for the vote and was then adjourned by Chairman Garcia.

The agreement was discussed in executive session for close to a half-hour before the vote was taken.

Washburn has been employed with the Roseburg School District since 2015. He replaced Larry Parsons, who retired after a 43-year career in education.

Washburn, the former assistant superintendent at the Los Alamos School District, became embroiled in controversy in September 2017 when six volleyball players left the Roseburg High School volleyball team. They soon after filed formal complaints against former varsity head coach Danielle Haskett and assistant coach Kari Morrow alleging bullying and harassment by the coaches, allegations denied by Haskett.

During the resulting independent investigation, it was recommended that the superintendent delay involvement in future disputes until such time as they have progressed up the complaint procedure and problem-solving ladder.

The Board of Directors will begin a search for a new superintendent for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Robert Freeman, the former director of human resources for the district, is acting as interim superintendent until a permanent replacement can be found.

Last month, the school board passed a motion to put Washburn on administrative leave and to authorize legal counsel to negotiate the separation agreement pursuant to his contract, which includes payment of severance.

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