Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 07/05/14, 2:54 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

Rialto Unified officials agreed with outgoing Superintendent Harold Cebrun that any future bad-mouthing will be costly, according to Cebrun’s separation agreement with the district.

The agreement, in which Cebrun waives any claims he might have against the district or its board, prohibits both parties from making disparaging or derogatory remarks on pain of a $20,000 payment to the offended party for each remark made.

“Dr. Cebrun agrees to refrain from any disparagement, criticism, defamation, libel or slander of, and making any derogatory or untruthful statements about the District and the Board or any member thereof,” the agreement, signed by Cebrun and board president Joanne Gilbert on Feb. 28, reads in part. “Neither the Board nor its individual members shall disparage, criticize, defame, libel or slander Dr. Cebrun to anyone.”

The non-disparagement clause was part of the agreement between Cebrun and the district allowing Cebrun to retire.

The board’s 4-1 decision — board member Edgar Montes cast the lone dissenting vote following a two-hour session behind closed doors — saved the district from paying Cebrun 18 months’ worth of salary, or $360,900, that they would have owed him if he were fired without cause.

Cebrun’s retirement was announced on March 7 and became effective on March 31 following six months of uncertainty, after he was placed on administrative leave in September 2013.

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