Effective July 22, Westminster School District Superintendent Richard Tauer will be put on paid administrative leave indefinitely, following a 3-2 decision vote during a special school board meeting Monday morning.
The decision, made in a closed session, ended a three-day long speculation regarding Tauer possibly being terminated from the district. Tauer had already planned on taking a vacation in July.
The special meeting was announced Friday afternoon.
Tension between Tauer and the Board has intensify during the past school board meetings as the Board continue to support its stance against bringing back the eliminated positions identified to offset a deficit budget.
Before the closed session, however, Tauer supporters packed the Westminster board room during a public meeting, voicing their opposition to the Board’s decisions the past couple of meetings.
After the public meeting, Tauer said he was not concern about the Board’s possible decision before the close session, but he said he did not agree with it.
“I’m not happy with what they are doing,” Tauer said. “I feel it is the wrong thing. I think they might be tired of me telling them the right thing.”
Board of Trustee President Mary Mangold and Board of Trustee members Amy Walsh and Andrew Nguyen voted in favor of the paid leave, while Board of Trustee members Jamison Power and Dave Bridgewaters, said Trish Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the district.
The next scheduled board meeting will be July 25.