Former Vancouver Superintendent Steve Webb to receive $455,000 from the district

The amount includes salary remaining on his contract as superintendent and accrued leave

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Public School district will pay former Superintendent Steve Webb $455,000 in two lump payments following his agreement to retire early.

Former Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb at a budget meeting in 2019. Photo by Chris Brown
Former Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb at a budget meeting in 2019. Photo by Chris Brown

The agreement, obtained via public records request, was reached after negotiation by outside legal counsel and agreed to in a 4-0 decision by the Vancouver School Board on Feb. 11. 

It also includes a clause in which Webb, who had been with the district since 2008, agreed not to sue the district or the board for any reason.

Webb, who was named the state’s Public School Superintendent of the Year in 2016, had planned to step down as superintendent at the end of June, but remain with the district in an advisory role through July of 2022.

Following an executive session on Feb. 9, the board voted unanimously to place Webb on administrative leave, though no reason was given. Two days later, they voted to accept the terms of his immediate resignation.

According to public records, Webb was the highest paid superintendent in Clark County, and fourth-highest in the state, earning an annual base compensation of $329,094 per year.

The $455,000 Webb will receive includes accrued leave, as well as salary remaining in his original terms of employment. He received half of that amount upon signing his retirement agreement, with the second half due on Jan. 4 of 2022.

The district still has not announced a reason for their decision to force Webb’s early retirement. Board members had expressed frustration with delays in getting information out to parents on the district’s plans to expand hybrid learning, including errors that delayed a survey of families.

In an open letter to the community, Webb called Vancouver “a special place,” and said “I have never regretted landing in America’s Vancouver.” He also indicated that he plans to remain in the area as he enters retirement.

The Board held a public forum earlier this week to hear from four candidates to replace Webb, including Camas Superintendent Dr. Jeff Snell. A decision is expected in early March.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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