St. Paul superintendent buyout far exceeds others in Minnesota
Valeria Silva’s payout to leave the St. Paul Public Schools is more than five times what other Minnesota superintendents received when they resigned, retired or were let go in the past three years.
Her nearly $800,000 payout far exceeds the amounts given to more than a dozen others, in part because a clause in her contract entitled her to full salary and benefits should the school board terminate her contract without cause. In this case, she is barely six months into a three-year deal.
Weeks after the school board approved the deal, social media is still abuzz with complaints from parents and community members who decry the amount that Silva is receiving. Some have even demanded that she return some of it, especially since the district is facing budget cuts.
The clause that ensured the payout in St. Paul is not in the contracts of similar school districts in Minnesota, but it apparently is not uncommon for large urban school districts elsewhere. It gives district leaders some protection in a job where the average is about three years, national experts say.