MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) - What is the Marshfield School Board going to do about their recent overpayments to the Superintendent? There's a tentative agreement between the school board and Superintendent Peg Geegan. The terms of the agreement have not been made public. It was reviewed by the school board's lawyer after a closed-session meeting last night.
State records show Superintendent Peg Geegan was paid $143,883. Her contract called for a $130,000 annual salary. That got the attention of a resident who exposed those figures to the media, which led to an audit confirming the mistake. Under the agreement the overage would be re-paid over a 17-month period.
Before the closed session, President Tim Deets said, “We’re very close to having a resolution to the issue” He commented that the attorney will have to review it before they can proceed or make it public. Deets would also not comment on the audit report they received last Friday from Koening and Landin.
Deets anticipates they will issue a statement from the board to the media soon identifying the total dollar amount of the overpayments identified by the auditor. The plan to recover those funds may be included in that statement.
Marshfield School Board candidate Scott Noble is critical of how the board is handling their Superintendent overpay issue. Before the school board went into executive session Wednesday night, Noble told board members they should learn from this. "It would be nice if the board could learn something from that. A culture of transparency, and sharing of data, because the citizens of the Marshfield School District would like to have access to the information.”
The School acknowledged that Superintendent Peg Geegan didn’t make the nearly 14-thousand dollar mistake, and that the board is working with her to recover the overpayments.