Bailey gets $190K settlement from Modesto City Schools

Modesto City Schools trustees publicly released the details of Debbe Bailey's settlement Monday, a week after she signed it.

The eight-page agreement gives the district's former second-in-command $190,000 in exchange for her resignation and surrender of future legal action against the district.

Bailey was deputy superintendent of business services for eight years before she was placed on paid leave in April. The move came after officials uncovered e-mails -- some critical of Superintendent Arturo Flores -- between Bailey and teachers union officials, Trustee Cindy Marks and former superintendent's secretary Pat Nan. Flores called Bailey's conduct disloyal.

Bailey's last day was Friday, but she'll remain on unpaid leave through July 2010 or until she can settle her retirement credits.

The settlement terms state that Bailey cannot disparage district trustees and employees, and any prospective employers who call the district seeking information about Bailey will not have access to anything except her employment dates, positions and rate of pay while at Modesto City Schools.

The district will pay for the settlement through funds in its self-insurance pool for liability claims, officials said.

District officials have divided Bailey's financial responsibilities among two directors on her former staff.

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