Stephanie GiangAug 16, 2018, 8:40 amAug 17, 2018, 8:40 pm

Former New Rochelle High School principal to be paid $160K as he exits district

Payment as part of Reginald Richardson’s ‘final, permanent and irrevocable’ resignation

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NEW ROCHELLE – Former New Rochelle High School Principal Reginald Richardson will be paid $160,000 as he exits the district. The payment is part of his separation agreement, which also dictates his resignation from the district is "final, permanent, and irrevocable," according to a document provided to The Journal News.

The agreement was signed on Aug. 7, the day Richardson’s second recognition was approved by the board of education, ending his employment.

During a meeting that night, school board president Jeffrey Hastie read a letter of resignation from Richardson: "After much soul searching, prayer and discussions with my family, I have decided to step down as principal of New Rochelle high school and request the board of education accept my resignation."

Richardson initially resigned on July 20 and said he accepted a job as a Director of School Quality with New York City Department of Education. The offer was revoked the following day after "additional information" became available, according to reports.

Following the withdrawal of that job offer, Richardson said he wanted to return to the school, however, after meeting with the school board, agreed to officially resign.

Board President Jeffery Hastie said the board is pleased everything was settled in an amicable fashion.

Assistant Principal Joseph Starvaggi was named interim principal.

The district started posting ads for the principal position in July with Sept. 1 listed as the start date. Hastie said the first round of interviews will begin in the upcoming weeks.

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