GNADENHUTTEN -- The resignation of Randall Cadle, Indian Valley Local Schools' superintendent, was unanimously approved by the board of education May 18.

The resignation is effective July 31, 2009. Until then, Cadle is on a paid leave of absence based on an agreement reached between Cadle and the board itself.

The agreement states that Cadle will receive his full salary and benefits through July 31, 2009; has earned and will be paid for 15 earned but unused vacation days at his current per diem rate of pay, and shall be paid the same no later than the last payroll period in August 2009; Cadle earned a $3,000 longevity payment and he shall be paid the same no later than the last payroll period in August 2009; and the President of the Board of Education shall sign and provide Cadle a letter of recommendation. The letter states that Francis Picchetti, board president, said, "We would like to acknowledge your many years of service to Indian Valley Schools. You have improved the Indian Valley educational programs, and our buildings and facilities."

Both the agreement and recommendation letter was accepted by the board of education.

As far as the reason for the resignation, no explanation was given. However, on April 16, during a special board of education meeting, the board unanimously voted to suspend Cadle from all his duties as superintendent, effective immediately.

Since that time, the board has enlisted the assistance of Kevin Spears, superintendent with the Tuscarawas-Carroll-Harrison Educational Service Center, as the interim superintendent.

Cadle has served as the superintendent since May 1999. His annual salary was $90,266.

The board's next step is to begin the search for a new superintendent immediately.