The Jasper County school board voted Monday night to release former superintendent Vashti Washington from her contract and pay her nearly $180,000.
Following a motion by board member Jerold Murray, the board approved the agreement by a 7-1 vote. Randy Horton, who filed a criminal report against Washington last week alleging she misused $54,000 just before resigning Dec. 31, cast the lone dissenting vote. The past four years, similar bonuses were distributed at the end of the school year.
Through her attorney, Jim Moss, Washington has denied that claim, arguing she was allowed to give employees Christmas bonuses in mid-December. Washington did not give herself a bonus.
An investigation was completed by the Ridgeland Police Department and referred to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Friday by 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone.
The board's agreement became effective Monday, and settled all matters between the district and Washington, who received her annual salary of $165,000 and an additional $13,909.
"Everything is resolved with the board," Moss said.
Moss said he did not have the details of the agreement as he was not the lawyer involved with the negotiations.
Attempts to reach that attorney, Al Nichols of Columbia, were not immediately successful Tuesday.
Moss noted that the board's vote does not prevent Washington from suing Horton in relation to his filing a criminal report, though the former superintendent has not done so.
Monday's vote came a month and a half after the board voted to terminate Washington's contract, pay her annual salary and retain her as a consultant through 2016.
Aside from Horton, district officials have said the split was amicable.
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- Solicitor's Office refers Vashti Washington investigation to SLED, January 29, 2016