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Watauga superintendent agrees to buyout

BOONE -- David Kafitz’s tenure as superintendent of the Watauga County Schools will be short-lived, school system officials announced Wednesday.

Watauga school officials said the school board had reached an agreement with Kafitz on a contract buyout. It comes less than a year after Kafitz, a former administrator with the Union County Schools, took the superintendent’s job in Watauga County.

Under the agreement announced Wednesday, the school system will pay Kafitz for 17 of the 39 months remaining on his contract. That will amount to $186,110, according to the school system. He had been hired last June.

The agreement also calls for Kafitz to remain on the job in April, then take vacation leave in May and leave the school system May 31. Assistant Superintendent David Fonseca has been named to head the Watauga County Schools on an interim basis.

Kafitz had come under criticism from some board members in recent weeks.

Before taking the job in Watauga County, Kafitz had served as principal at East Elementary School in Monroe. Prior to that, he was director of technology services in the Union County Schools.

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