Dr. Dan Vandiver

The Houston School District and its superintendent have reached a separation agreement.

Board members Dr. Tom Dunn and Sharon Horbyk reported Thursday morning that Dr. Dan Vandiver will resign March 31 from his position as superintendent. He has been placed on administrative leave until that date.

Vandiver, who requested and was granted a “professional leave of absence” from the district on Dec. 5, resigned via a letter that was presented to the board at a special meeting Wednesday night. He was under contract through June 30, 2013.

“The district and Dr. Vandiver have entered into a separation agreement, which we believe will serve the best interests of the parties and which will permit both parties to move forward in an appropriate matter without disruption to the educational process,” the school board said in a news release.

Dunn said the district has posted the vacant superintendent position on the Missouri education website successlink.org. He said applications will be accepted through Jan. 18. Dunn hopes a new superintendent will be hired by the end of January.

The new superintendent will assume duties July 1, Dunn said.

Houston Middle School Principal Scott Dill will continue his role as “acting superintendent” of the district through June 30. Dill was assigned the role at the Dec. 12 board meeting.

Dill will continue to split his time between the middle school building and superintendent’s office. Dunn said Brian Wilbanks, high school assistant principal, will assist in the middle school building the hours Dill is absent.

Vandiver, a 1981 Houston High School graduate, accepted his position as Houston superintendent in January 2008. He was previously the assistant superintendent at Hollister.

The district and Dr. Vandiver have entered into a separationagreement, which we believe will serve the best interests of theparties and which will permit both parties to move forward in anappropriate matter without disruption to the educationalprocess.”

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