South Carolina Highway Patrol charged Cherokee School District Superintendent Quincie Moore with driving while intoxicated in November after she allegedly rear-ended another vehicle on Interstate 85.
Now, local taxpayers are giving her $114,000 to resign, though Moore will still be eligible to work for the district as a consultant – with additional compensation – for another year, WSPA reports.
“In the settlement agreement, the board and Moore agreed to allow her to retire from the school district effective Dec. 31, 2018, as well as allow her to serve as a consultant for the district, should anyone need her advice,” according to the news site.
“Moore also agreed to provide information and assistance to the school district regarding any litigation, personnel matters and ‘resolution of disputes concerning construction of District facilities that may have arisen during her administration’ through Dec. 31, 2019. The Board agreed to pay Moore any expenses she might incur in providing that information or assistance.”
The settlement agreement puts an end to Moore’s contract with the district, which was set to run through June 2021. District officials released a copy of the agreement, which included Moore’s resignation letter, on Thursday, according to The Gaffney Ledger.
“On November 18, I put myself in a horrible position, and as a result, I have embarrassed my family, my colleagues, my profession, and my community,” Moore wrote in the letter. “For That, I am deeply sorry and no words could ever capture the incredible regret that I have and the pain and humiliation that I have experienced.”
Moore thanked the community and her staff for support “during this difficult time” but wrote she “decided to retire so that the District can move forward and refocus on students.
“While this career move saddens me more than you can possibly know, I must set the example for our students by taking full responsibility for my actions,” she wrote.
She’s also taking $114,000 from taxpayers, who don’t seem to be on board with the buyout.
“She doesn’t deserve no money. She don’t deserve a penny,” resident Rachel Henderson told WSPA. “Half of us out here living from week to week, can’t get anything done, and then she comes up and they’re going to give her all this money? No.”
Darrell McSwain, another area taxpayer, also spoke out against the settlement.
“It’s an unfortunate thing, you know what I mean. She’s human though. We all make mistakes,” he said. “I hate it for her, but still, I hate it for the taxpayer more than I do her. Where’s that $114,000 coming from? We’re going to come up with another $114,000 to pay somebody else? No, they need to put her to work. They need to put her back to work.”
The payment equates to nine months of Moore’s current base salary, a separation stipulation outlined in her employment contract. The settlement also bars board members from bad mouthing Moore and requires the district to provide her with a positive letter of reference “for use as she deems fit.”
Moore is due back in court to face her DUI charge on Jan. 30.