Arbogast opts to cut out early

Beleaguered Floyd County Schools superintendent Terry W. Arbogast won’t stay in his job through the end of the year as originally announced but will leave in September three months early.

Arbogast claims his decision to leave early has nothing to do with the escalating controversy over his compensation, which included a series of informal raises from a compliant school board that approved the salary increases informally and without a contract.

But Blue Ridge Muse has learned that one school member pushed for Arbogast to leave early and others have expressed concern privately over his continued tenure amid a scandal that has tainted the school system’s reputation. In a closed session Monday Arbogast was reportedly given the option of announcing an earlier leave date or face a possible vote of no confidence from the board.

“Unfortunately, Dr. Arbogast has become a lightning rod for the controversy over his compensation,” a source within the school administration said. “Rightly or wrongly, his continued presence keeps the controversy on the front burner.”

Some on the school board felt the superintendent should leave in June — shortly after the school term ends — but others felt he should remain until the school board hires a new superintendent.

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2 thoughts on “Arbogast opts to cut out early”

  1. It’s wonderful that Arbogast is leaving sooner but I still think June 1st should have been the day that he packs his bags and hopefully get out of Floyd. He, with the help of the school board, cheated teachers and aides of money they deserved to receive, but this is only part of Arbogast problem,it’s his arrognant attitude. Why tried to tell us that he’s leaving in September rather than December has nothing to do with all the controversity, of course it does so why not be man enough to say it. ARROGNANT.

    • It seems to me that the question that should be asked is what salary amount is he “retiring” with? The lesser amount, as posted openly in the budget, would result in a savings for Floyd County, right?

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