Former Montgomery County school superintendent’s canceled contract reveals how much he was paid and more

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Montgomery County School Board has yet to reveal why it fired former superintendent Dr. Mark Miear.

Dr. Miear has worked at Montgomery County Public School for six years.

Last year, the school board approved a new contract for Dr. Miear, which officially started on July 1, 2021 and was to last until June 2025.

In this contract, Dr. Miear earned $217,542 per year.

The contract also stated that he received benefits such as transportation, health insurance, a chargeable cell phone, etc.

In the termination section of the contract, it is stated:

“In such event, the Commission shall pay to the Superintendent the lesser of: (i) eighteen (18) months salary and benefits, as set forth in paragraph 6(f), payable in eighteen (18) monthly installments, or (ii) all salary and health benefits as set forth in paragraph 6(f)…”

Superintendent contract of Dr. Mark Miear

This means that Dr. Miear can keep his benefits and a year and a half of his salary. Just for severance pay, that comes out to $325,000.

District officials have remained silent on why Dr. Miear was fired, saying only that they made the decision as a united board.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Education said the school system has about six months to fill the position.

If they do not have a newly appointed superintendent within 120 days, they must explain their process for finding one to state education officials.

Dr. Miers, school board members and the acting superintendent were asked to comment, but declined.

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