Superintendent Discharged Of His Duties At Columbia Union

A unanimous decision by the Columbia Union School District led to the dismissal of Superintendent-Principal Craig Bowden.

This vote comes as a surprise to everyone in the district as Bowden was given a two percent raise less than a week before the vote, according to The Union Democrat.

In a special closed-door meeting on Tuesday, the board decided to terminate Bowden without cause. According to Bowden’s contract, if he was removed without cause he would still receive the remainder of his salary which is $130,304.

The board members did not comment further but Jenny David, President of the Board, said they are looking at assistant principal Nicki Lamm as a possible interim.

A letter was sent to parents notifying them of the decision. The board will meet again to institute an interim superintendent-principal and begin the search for someone to fill the position permanently.

Bowden had replaced two administrator last year -- Superintendent John Pendley, who retired, and Principal Ed Pelfrey, who accepted a position at a different high school.  The choice to combine the superintendent and principal positions at the 536-student school district was a board decision to save the district about $20,000.

Read more at The Union Democrat