Madison superintendent Shelley Hildebrand

The Madison Local School District board of education is expected to approve a resignation agreement with Supt. Shelley Hilderbrand (left) on Thursday during a special school board meeting.

MADISON TOWNSHIP -- The Madison Local School District school board on Thursday is expected to vote on a resignation agreement with Superintendent Shelley Hilderbrand, who has been on paid administrative leave for about nine months.

The board will meet in the Madison Middle School auditorium/cafeteria at 6 p.m. and is expected to immediately enter executive session to discuss the agreement. A vote on the agreement is expected to follow.

Details of the agreement are not yet available.

Hilderbrand signed a three-year contract with the district in August 2017 and was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 21, 2018, by a 5-0 vote of the board.

When the board voted unanimously to hire Hilderbrand, the contract called for her to be paid $115,000 annually.

John Thomas, 71, was hired as the new superintendent on May 28, replacing Lee Kaple, who stepped in after Hilderbrand was placed on paid administrative leave.

When Kaple  accepted the position after serving as Madison superintendent for eight years, he told the board he didn't want to have his new role for more than a school year.

Hilderbrand's tenure at Madison was embroiled in controversy, including a brief walk-out by approximately 200 Madison High School students in March 2018 to protest her decision to discipline students who directed negative tweets toward the administration on her Twitter feed.

Also in March, a group of parents questioned the STEM curriculum that will become mandatory in the district in the place of other electives.

In May, 2018, Hildebrand recommended the board not renew the contract of popular teacher Eddie Walker. More than 150 people attended a May 31, 2018 school board meeting and it was agreed by a unanimous vote of the board that Walker's contract should be renewed.

Madison Board of Education meetings drew significant crowds last summer as the community questioned a number of decisions. Those concerns led to a Town Hall meeting on July 11.

Thomas marks the third superintendent the district has had in less than a year.

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