(Update: Jett anounced today at 12:08 p.m. that he will leave at the end of the current school year on June 30.)
Leadership of the West Metro’s integration district isn’t commenting on a report that Superintendent Daniel Jett has told board members that he’ll be departing in June.
“I have no comment,” said Helen Bassett, chair of the school board for West Metro Education Program, a joint powers board of 11 districts that operates two schools.
Jett’s contract expires at the end of next June, when the former Minnetonka superintendent will be 70. He did not return a Star Tribune call.
The board placed him on paid administrative leave last January, while unspecified allegations against Jett were investigated, and then returned him to active duty after more than four months without explanation. According to an attorney who represented WMEP Principal Kevin Bennett, allegations against Jett came from Bennett. Bennett was suspended for several during last school year in the wake of an investigation.
Daniel Jett was paid $164,921 annually in his eighth year in the top job in the west metro district. That was $24,000 more annually than his counterpart at the slightly smaller east metro integration district, who was in her second year. It’s roughly in the middle of pay for superintendents whose districts belong to the integration district. He is paid well above the school chiefs of some smaller member districts who are responsible for many more students and staff than the 1,052-student district.
When the board brought Jett back, it retained Antoinette Johns, who has served as the district’s interim superintendent, as a part time administrator.