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WRV Superintendent Layton Wall takes early retirement

Friday, January 11, 2013

Layton Wall
White River Valley School Superintendent Layton Wall is taking an early retirement from his position as top administrator of the WRV School District.

Wall's request for early retirement was accepted by a unanimous vote of the WRV School Board during a special session at 6 p.m. Friday. All board members were present.

"After much deliberation and cautious thought, I have decided to retire from the superintendency, effective immediately," Wall wrote in a letter to the board.

"At this time in my life, I need to be available to my family on a daily basis.

"I have enjoyed the many challenges and opportunities the superintendency brought my way.

"It is up to you and others to decide if my tenure was a successful one. I hope it was and have always tried to do what was in the best interest of our students, staff and the corporation."

The action on Wall's request for an early retirement was the only item on the agenda so the meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.

WRV Board President Jason Davidson said the board received information from Wall asking for the early retirement during an executive session on Jan. 8.

Davidson said negotiations were conducted and an agreement was reached between Wall and the board.

Davidson said the provisions of the agreement include, "Dr. Wall receiving payment for his remaining vacation days, a $75,000 gross payment, one year of family plan insurance including health, vision and dental, one year of life insurance on Dr. Wall's life, payment for accumulated sick days, the VEBA and 401(a) buyout dollars that have been contributed to his accounts to which he is entitled under the collective bargaining agreement, a non-disparagement agreement by all parties, and Dr. Wall's immediate retirement."

No mention was made or action was taken during the special session of a replacement, but after the meeting, both Davidson and Corporation Attorney John Rowe acknowledged the need.

"The board is cognizant of the need for a superintendent," said Rowe.

In Wall's letter, he praised and wished the very best to the board and the administrative team and he addressed the staff and teachers.

"To the staff and teachers at WRV, I thank you for all the years of dedicated service on behalf of our kids. They deserve your dead level best and I know you will deliver as you always do. I salute each of you," he wrote.

"I have always been a fan of WRV and have never worked in any other district. I often said, 'I bleed navy, silver and white.' I will continue to be a proud supporter of the White River Valley School District and wish each of you the very best."

When Wall came to the superintendent's job in 2004, he had 15 years of experience with the school corporation.

He started as a social studies teacher at Worthington-Jefferson Junior High School.

He then moved on to become the assistant principal and athletic director at WRV-Worthington.

In 2003, he served as the assistant to retiring Superintendent Stephen Campbell.

Wall grew up in Owen and Greene counties. He attended both the Spencer-Owen Community School and Worthington-Jefferson School.

He graduated from W-J with the Class of 1974 then went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from both Indiana University and Indiana State University.

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Changes can happen if the board works together as seen tonight. I think this board will make the necessary changes to make school the best it can be in all aspects for the kids.

-- Posted by Matt W Hockman on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:09 PM

johnpaulcolman strikes again

-- Posted by cmfceo on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:36 PM


-- Posted by dorindaJ on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:36 PM

Good luck mister wall.

-- Posted by Ethermuse on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 12:51 AM

More like johnpaulcoleman nails it again. Is this what you meant?

-- Posted by scoop on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 10:33 AM


-- Posted by aconcernedparent12 on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 1:12 PM

I heard a story once about a local public service official who got a DUI, then quickly decided to retire, so as not to cause further embarrassment to the entity where he had worked.

I sure that's not what happened here though.

-- Posted by C&D on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 3:43 PM

Is this position really needed?

-- Posted by cubfan on Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at 12:30 PM

dorindaJ. I totally ELL-O-ELLED when that link presented itself. Thank you.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at 11:06 PM

Why did they give him a $75,000 payment? If he quit, why get a payoff of any type? I don't understand I guess...

-- Posted by NewberryUSA on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 7:59 PM

Where did you read he quit?

-- Posted by Matt W Hockman on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 8:58 PM

I'll rephrase...Why the $75,000 payment if he retired early? Did they buy him out of his contract?

-- Posted by NewberryUSA on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 8:07 PM

Come to the board meeting Thursday night and ask. That's the simple way to get your answers.

-- Posted by Matt W Hockman on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 11:16 PM

NewberryUSA I think Matt has given you very good advice! those who may know the answer to your question hopfully will not be answering until you reveal your identity (ie, NewberryUSA, bogus name) make your identity known and maybe you will get some answers.

-- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Jan 16, 2013, at 9:16 AM

"Lillymae" (bogus name) I am simply asking a question in a public forum...why was he paid a lump sum of $75,000?? Whether I attend a board meeting or not (I work evenings), I have as much right to know this answer as Mr. Hockman or anyone else who lives within our district and pays taxes. The entire WRV community doesn't attend those meetings. Are you saying no one else has the right to know how their tax money is being spent unless they go to meetings? I'm not asking his personal reasons for deciding to retire. I'm just asking why the board owed him this. Can it not be told on here?

-- Posted by NewberryUSA on Wed, Jan 16, 2013, at 10:06 PM

If you can't attend the meeting just call the school and they will gladly give you the board members numbers and give them a call.

-- Posted by Matt W Hockman on Wed, Jan 16, 2013, at 10:49 PM

Mr. Wall was an awesome teacher and I will always wish him the best. I hope the future holds much happiness for him and his family!!

-- Posted by The Nosy Neighbor on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 4:07 AM

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