The resignation of former superintendent Mike Harris ends a long-running conflict over the administrator who was placed on leave amidst allegations that he had taken gasoline from the district for use in his personal vehicle.

The RCISD Board of Trustees had voted to terminate Harris on July 27. However, Harris was entitled to an appeals process through the office of the Texas Commissioner of Education.

Harris chose to forgo that option and tendered a resignation to the school board on Oct. 2. The school board officially accepted the resignation the following day.

In his brief letter, Harris stated, “Please accept my resignation as superintendent of the Royse City Independent School District, effective November 30, 2006. I have chosen to submit this resignation in lieu of receiving a recommendation from the Independent Hearing Examiner of the district’s proposal for termination of my contract. I appreciate the opportunity I have had to serve the children and community of the Royse City Independent School District, and I wish the district all the best in the future.”

The resignation comes as part of a settlement agreement with the RCISD. As part of the agreement, Harris will be paid his full salary through October and receive the equivalent of half his salary for the month of November.

Dennis Eickelbaum, the attorney for the district, drafted a statement on behalf of the school board following the resignation.

“This settlement is the result of Mr. Harris indicating to the Board of Trustees that he did not desire the Independent Hearing Examiner to issue her recommendation based upon the proposed termination of Mr. Harris’ contract,” Eickelbaum wrote. “Mr. Harris desired an expeditious and amicable resolution to this matter. The decision to settle this matter is in no way an indication that the Board of Trustees believes its proposal was unjustified or that it believed the proposal would not be upheld by the independent hearing examiner. This decision is solely in consideration of the potential cost of attorney’s fees and the possibility of risk associated with such litigation, the board felt it was in the district’s best interest to accept this offer and move forward.”

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