Wilson County School Director Steps Down; Paid $78K
by Todd Walker
LEBANON, Tenn. - After only 8 months on the job, the director of Wilson County Schools has stepped down amidst controversy.
Saturday morning, the school board accepted his early retirement and settlement agreement. Dr. Tim Setterlund stepped down from his position after only eight months on the job.
Last week, he admitted to drinking beer during school hours and then driving his county vehicle.
The incident was apparently the final straw for problems during Setterlund's tenure.
"When you have low teacher morale," said County Commissioner Annette Stafford. "Some teachers were in fear of intimidation. It's just been a multitude of things over a period of time."
Over the last few days, the Wilson County Board of Education negotiated with Setterlund for him to step down, or as they called it: "retire."
"If people came here today looking for a pound of flesh they're not going to get it," said Michael Jennings, the attorney for Wilson County Schools. "If they came here looking for a hand-slap and a look-the-other-way this-is-no-big-deal, they're not going to get that either."
Setterland will give up any right to future legal action.
School Board Chairman Don Weathers said now the district can move on.
"I'm not happy because this has had an impact on our school system," he said. "I'm sad for Dr. Setterlund. I'm also sad for his family. But I'm also glad that we have a resolution in place because we have a lot of work to do."
As a part of his agreement to leave, Setterlund will get the rest of his first year of pay, plus an extra few thousand he negotiated, totaling $78,000.
He will get to keep his insurance for 18 months or until he gets another job.
The board will appoint an interim director of schools at its next meeting a week from Monday.