Supt. Hess to leave school district at end of month

The Lebanon Community Schools Board of Education Tuesday voted 3-1 to enter into a resignation agreement with Supt. Rob Hess.

The board met in an executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss records that are exempt from public disclosure before entering a special session, which is open to the public, and approving a resignation agreement.

Michael Martin moved to accept the agreement. Nick Brooks gave a second. Martin, Brooks and Chairman Tom Oliver voted to approve the agreement. Richard Borden voted not to approve.

“The Lebanon Community School District Board of Education and Supt. Rob Hess have agreed that Supt. Hess will retire from the LCSD effective June 30, 2018,” Oliver said in a prepared statement following the decision. “The board appreciates Dr. Hess’ long service and commitment to LCSD students, staff and community.

“The board will develop a superintendent search process to identify new leadership, and there will be multiple opportunities for public engagement during that process.

“Again, the board thanks Dr. Hess for his leadership and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.”

The agreement would be made public Wednesday morning, Oliver said.

Among the terms, he said, Hess will receive $250,000, which reflects approximately one year’s salary and benefits.

Hess has been superintendent since 2009.

The board will appoint an acting superintendent before the end of the month, Oliver said. He anticipated that the board will discuss it during the board’s regular meeting Thursday evening.

The board’s regular meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Santiam Travel Station, 750 3rd St.