The married middle Georgia school superintendent who came out as gay after being outed on Grindr is now out of a job.
Anthony Pack, the Monroe County school superintendent, agreed to a $172,000 severance package as he was ushered out on Saturday, about 10 weeks after his Grindr pics were distributed to media outlets. That prompted Pack, a married father of two, to come out as gay, go on an extended medical leave, navigate through a divorce and now lose his job.
Both Pack and the school board had a hand in the agreement, and Pack was not fired, Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel said Monday.
“This was an agreement that was mutually arrived at by Mr. Pack and the board,” Daniel said, noting that he wasn’t certain who initiated discussions about the eventual pact.
The board voted Saturday to accept the deal, with the financial terms amounting to a one-year “salary package” for Pack, whose base salary for the 2015-16 school year would have been $136,700.
Pack says he wanted to return to the job, which he left in March during the medical leave. The school board had other plans though both sides had nice things to say about one another publicly as Pack's ouster was orchestrated.
School board Chairman J. Ray Grant mentioned the quality of Pack’s leadership in a statement on the district’s website.
“Mr. Pack has always placed the best interest of the students at the forefront of the school system,” Grant said. “His efforts have been reflected in the success of our students and our schools. For that we are and will continue to be most appreciative.”
Pack still faces an ongoing investigation from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office into whether he violated school system policies concerning his system-issued electronics devices.
Pack says he wants to run another school system. Maybe he can add that to his Grindr profile. It happens.
[h/t Georgia Voice]