The former superintendent of the Ottawa school district will continue receiving his full salary and employee benefits for the next eight months, according to a separation agreement he signed with the district last week.
Dean Katt, who had been superintendent in Ottawa since 2006, resigned Friday, March 1. District officials said at the time that he would remain employed as a "consultant" through Oct. 31. but they did not provide any further details of the arrangement.
However, a copy of the separation agreement he signed with the district was obtained by the Journal-World under a Kansas Open Records Act request.
At the time Katt resigned, officials said his salary was $130,786 per year. According to that agreement, Katt will continue receiving a monthly salary at that rate, which is $10,899 per month. The district will also continue making its share of contributions toward his employee health insurance, life and disability insurance and his Kansas Public Employees Retirement System benefits.
The agreement states that Katt will remain an employee of the district as a consultant, but only one specific duty is mentioned:
"Mr. Katt agrees that during his continued employment with the District he will make himself available to testify in litigation as to his knowledge and involvement regarding the roofing work performed by the Manning Company on a School District building."
According to documents on the Ottawa school district website, the Ottawa school board received a presentation in September 2009 about critical roofing conditions on several of the district's buildings.
In addition to his salary and benefits, Katt will be paid $6,287.88 for unused, accrued vacation and personal days.
He will also be allowed to keep his district-issued cellphone, laptop and iPad, but will have to remove all school district information from them and will be responsible for obtaining his own telephone and Internet service plan.
The agreement also specifies that the only evaluations in Katt's personnel file will be those that were approved by the school board up to and including Jan. 31, 2012. Both parties have agreed not to denigrate each other, either orally or in writing, and to release each other from any further liability regarding his employment.
Meanwhile, the Ottawa school board has named Assistant Superintendent Brian Kraus as interim superintendent while the district searches for a permanent replacement.