Superintendent Charlotte Miller to Retire

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ASHLAND - The Southern Boone County School Board and Superintendent Charlotte Miller decided in a board meeting Oct. 22 that Miller would retire early at the end of the year.

Miller's contract ran until 2014 but she is eligible to retire. This is her sixth year as superintendent of the school district.

KOMU 8 News spoke with Miller Wednesday and she said it was "just time."

"In light of the things that did happen this summer, there wasn't findings but yet you know it's time. It's time to move forward. It's a great school district. We've made a lot of progress here and I think it'll be good. It'll be good for them as well as myself," Miller said.  

These "things" she mentioned began with a resignation letter in June 2012 from the Southern Boone County R-1 assistant superintendent Carolyn Deffenbaugh. It began a controversy between Deffenbaugh, Miller and the school board. The letter accused Miller of wasteful spending, nepotism, unfair pay increases and favoritism.

Specifically, Deffenbaugh accused Miller of working with former middle school principal Bob Simpson to create unneeded positions within the school district. This began a series of resignations, leading with Simpson's four days after the letter went viral via email back on June 20. Former school board president Bridget Canaday also resigned days after Deffenbaugh's resignation letter began circulating, though she remained on the board. Ellen Kesterson, the former school board vice president, took over as president.

Back in June, Deffenbaugh said the "last straw" was when she realized her contract offer for the 2012-13 school year included a raise of less than half of what other administrators received. Miller responded to Deffenbaugh's accusations in June, calling them "untrue."

About her retirement, Miler said she plans to "enjoy it and spend more time with her one-year-old granddaughter."