Former APS leader paid $188K for day's work in Texas

9:04 AM, Sep 12, 2011   |    comments
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DESOTO, Texas -- A Texas school district has decided to pay Kathy Augustine $188,000 after cutting ties with the superintendent who served one day on the job.

The DeSoto Independent School, near Dallas, hired the former APS deputy superintendent in April.

In August, school trustees negotiated a voluntary exit agreement with her after she was implicated in the fallout of Atlanta's CRCT cheating scandal.

Augustine received $31,333 while on paid leave. The Texas school district then added $156,666 to complete the severance package, equaling what would have been one year of Augustine's pay.

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Trustee Aubrey Hooper said that while it was "problematic" that it cost the district money to end the contract, "we have to make the decision that's in the best interest of our kids."

Board president Warren Seay Jr. said the district wanted the focus to be on student success. He said, "When the media's gone and all the distractions are gone, DeSoto will be successful."

Augustine is accused of giving "false information" to Georgia officials during a massive investigation into allegations of widespread cheating. She has denied knowledge of any cheating.

(NBC Dallas Ft. Worth contributed to this report.)

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