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Charter Authority terminates school superintendent's contract 'without cause'

Nelson to receive letter of recommendation

April 4, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Charter School Authority this morning changed the administrative leadership leadership at the city's four-school charter school system.

In the wake of controversy again expressed at Monday night's Council meeting, the school governing board first asked Superintendent Nelson Stephenson if he was willing to stay, despite his notice to leave at the end of his contract, June 30.

Nelson said he was willing to stay only until the end of his contract.

After much discussion, the board begrudgingly voted 6-1 to terminate Stephenson "without cause" effective immediately, allowing him to receive four month's severance pay. He also will receive a letter of recommendation from the Authority.

The board then appointed Jackie Collins, principal of Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School, as acting interim superintendent.



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