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March 10, 2017

Leslie Torres-Rodriguez
Acting Superintendent
Hartford Public Schools
960 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Dear Dr. Torres-Rodriguez:

I am writing this letter, with a heavy heart, to give notice of my intent to leave the
district. After almost fifteen years serving the Hartford Public Schools, I have accepted another
position. Therefore, I will be resigning from my position effective June 30, 2017, in order to take
on this new opportunity.

I have learned so very much in my time in Hartford, and I will continue to support the
district in any way that I can.

Thank you for your leadership and for your service to the students of Hartford.

Sincerely,

Jill Cutler Hodgman


SEPARATION AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE

JILL CUTLER HODGMAN

and the

HARTFORD BOARD OF EDUCATION

This Agreement is made by and between the Hartford Board of Education (hereinafter the
"Board" or "HBOE") acting through Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, its Acting Superintendent, and
(hereinafter "CUTLER HODGMAN").

Whereas, CUTLER HODGMAN is employed by the Board as the Chief Labor and Legal
Officer;

Whereas, CUTLER HODGMAN has been employed by HBOE since July 2002; and

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants contained


herein, the Board and CUTLER HODGMAN agree as follows:

1. CUTLER HODGMAN hereby irrevocably resigns and fully and finally


relinquishes any and all claims and rights to employment with the HBOE
effective June 30, 2017. Upon execution of this Agreement, CUTLER
HODGMAN will deliver to the Superintendent a fully executed letter of
resignation in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.

2. CUTLER HODGMAN will be on a paid leave effective March 13,2017 through


June 30, 2017. CUTLER HODGMAN agrees to consult with the Superintendent
regarding matters requiring her expertise or institutional/historical knowledge
during the period of leave.

3. CUTLER HODGMAN will continue to participate in HBOE's health benefit plan


for non-certified administrators on the same terms and conditions as are
applicable to activegroup members, subjectto the insurance carrier's rules until
August 31,2017.

4. The Board shall issue CUTLER HODGMAN all the sick leave and vacation
benefits and payments provided for in the applicable Employment Contract dated
October 25, 2013 through June 30, 2017.

5. CUTLER HODGMAN on behalf of herself, her agents, representatives, attorneys,


assigns, heirs, executors, and administrators, hereby unconditionally and
irrevocably remises, releases and forever discharges the Hartford Public Schools,
Hartford Board of Education and the City of Hartford and their past, present and
future superintendents, officers, executives, managers, employees,
representatives, attorneys, agents, successors and assigns or any of them
(collectively, the "RELEASEES"), of and from any and all suits, claims,
demands, interest, costs (including attorneys' fees, experts' fees and costs not
herein specified), expenses, actions and causes of action, rights, liabilities,
obligations, promises, Agreements, controversies, losses, debts, personal injuries
of any nature whatsoever, either in law or in equity, and claims for any benefits
that CUTLER HODGMAN, or her heirs, successors, legal representatives or
assigns, as of the date of execution of this Agreement now has, owns or holds, or
at any time heretofore ever had, owned or held, or could have owned or held,
whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, excluding any worker's
compensation claims pending as of the date of the execution of the Agreement,
and including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any claims arising
under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.)
and as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991,42 U.S.C. 1981,42 U.S.C.
1983,42 U.S.C. 1985,42 U.S.C. 1977A, the First, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth
Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Pregnancy Discrimination
Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act (29 U.S.C. 626 etseq.), as amended by the
Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the
Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (C.G.S. 46a-60 et seq.), the
Connecticut Wage and Hour Laws, C.G.S. 10-236a, C.G.S. 31-290a,
Connecticut Whistleblower Protection Act (C.G.S. 31.41m and 31.5 lp) and
any other statutory, common law, or other claims of any nature, including,
without limitation, any and all claims of discrimination or retaliation, arising out
of or in connection with CUTLER HODGMAN's employment with HBOE. This
release does not include any claims that cannot be released under federal or state
law, including claims that first arise after the execution of this Agreement.

6. By entry into this Agreement, HBOE, its superintendent, officers, agents, and or
employees in no way admit to any wrongdoing, or liability to CUTLER
HODGMAN and this Agreement shall not be construed as an admission of
wrongdoing, liability, or discrimination by HBOE, its superintendent, officers,
agents, and/or employees. Further, by entry into this Agreement, CUTLER
HODGMAN in no way admits to any wrongdoing or liability.

7. The Board understands and affirms its obligation to continue to provide a


vigorous legal defense for all legal matters wherein CUTLER HODGMAN has
been or will be individually named in her official capacity in accordance with the
provisions of Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 10-235.

8. CUTLER HODGMAN shall not make any derogatory statements or disparaging


remarks whatsoever to anyone regarding the Acting Superintendent. The Acting
Superintendent shall not make any derogatory statements or disparaging remarks
whatsoever to anyone regarding CUTLER HODGMAN.

9. This Settlement Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the plain


meaning of its terms and not strictly for or against any of the parties hereto.
10. This Settlement Agreement does not constitute precedent for the settlement of any
other action by CUTLER HODGMAN or any other Hartford Board of Education
employee.

11. CUTLER HODGMAN agrees that she has read and understands the conditions
and restrictions set forth in this Settlement Agreement, and that she is mentally
and physically fit so as to be able to understand this Settlement Agreement in its
entirety. CUTLER HODGMAN further acknowledges that she is freely signing
this Settlement Agreement without reservation, duress, or coercion on the part of
HBOE or any other party, and that she is fully aware of the rights being waived
herein.

12. By her signature below, CUTLER HODGMAN acknowledges the following:

a. This Agreement does not prevent CUTLER HODGMAN from filing a


charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC")
or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
("CHRO") concerning claims of discrimination, or participating in an
EEOC or CHRO investigation, hearing or proceeding, although CUTLER
HODGMAN specifically waives the right to recover any damages or other
relief in any claim or suit brought by or through the EEOC or the CHRO,
except where prohibited by law.

b. She has received consideration from HBOE in exchange for signing this
Settlement Agreement; and

c. She further acknowledges that she has been advised to discuss this
Agreement with advisors of her choosing.

13. CUTLER HODGMAN shall have seven (7) days following the execution of this
Settlement Agreement to revoke said agreement by giving written notice of
revocation to Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, 960 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
before 5:00 p.m. on the seventh day after execution of this Settlement Agreement.
This Settlement Agreement shall not become effective or enforceable until the
seven (7) day revocation period has expired. If, pursuant to the terms contained
herein, CUTLER HODGMAN revokes this Settlement Agreement, this
Settlement Agreement shall become null and void.

14. This Settlement Agreement shall be effective, subsequent to its signature by all
parties, on the latest signature date. Facsimile signatures shall be deemed
acceptable by the parties for purposes of execution and this Settlement Agreement
may be executed in counterpart.

15. If any provisionof this Settlement Agreement shall be held by a court of


competentjurisdiction to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining
provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
16. CUTLER HODGMAN and the Acting Superintendent agree that, except as
required by law, they will not publicize the terms and conditions of this
Agreement and not comment publicly on this Agreement or its terms, provided,
however that CUTLER HODGMAN may discuss the terms of the Agreement
with her immediate family and tax advisor or accountant.

Signed this date:

HARTFORD BOARD OF EDUCATION

.eslie Torres-Rodriguez
Acting Superintendent

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
ss

COUNTY OF HARTFORD

Personally appeared, Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Acting Superintendent, and acknowledged


the same to be her free act and deed and the free act and deed of the Hartford Board of
Education, before me this 9 ^day of f?fcr(-cJl 2017.

CommissionerLQf Superior Gourtr


Notary Public
My Commission expires: '//^//^
JILL CUTLER HODGMAN

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STATE OF CONNECTICUT }
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COUNTY OF HARTFORD }

Personally appeared, JILL CUTLER HODGMAN. and acknowledged the same to be her
free act and deed before me this /j^ciay QJ/tf&rrC-/? 2017.

Gomrnissioncr of Superior Gorrrt


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CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
Chief Labor and Legal Officer

The Board of Education forthe Hartford System of Schools (hereinafter the "Board), acting through its
Superintendent, Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, and Jill Cutler Hodgman (hereinafter "Cutler Hodgman"),
hereby agree as follows:

EMPLOYMENT

The Board, through its Superintendent, hereby appoints Cutler Hodgman and CutlerHodgman agrees to
serve as the Chief Labor and Legal Officer to the SuperintendentPublicSchools.

TERM OF CONTRACT
The term of employment is from July 1,2017 to June 30,2018. The Chief Labor and Legal Officer shall
work a twelve-month work year.

DUTIES
. Cutler Hodgman shall reportto the Superintendent, and shall perform duties as described in the Job
Description. The Superintendent mayassign other specific responsibilities,

COMPENSATION
Effective July 1, 2017, theannual salary shall be$187,523. Anyadjustments in salary made during
the life of this contractshall be in the form of an amendment and shall become part ofthis contract.

FRINGE BENEFITS
The Board shall provide the Cutler Hodgmanwith the following fringe benefits:

Dental, health, and life insurance benefits shall continue, subject to a premium cost share set by the
Superintendent.. The premium cost sharing percentage shall be set by the Superintendentannually.
Any significant change in the health insurance plan (e.g. move away from a PPO) shall allow the Chief
Labor and Legal Officer to bargain regarding the impact of such change.

Vacation leave to accrue at the rate oftwo vacation days per month of employment. All accrued
unused vacation leave, up to a maximum of twenty four (24) days, shall be payable at the end of
service at the per diem rate based on a two hundred sixty (260) days year; no maximum accumulation
of vacation shall apply.

Sick leave to accrue at the annual rate of two sick days per month of employment. Unused sick leave
shall be paid out at the end of service at the rate of thirty percent (30%).

Personal days at the annual rate offive days. Unused personal days shall not accrue and will not be
paid out at the end of service.

Holidays and other school closings, if any, in accordance with the calendar for Central Office
employees.

The Board shall provide a pensionallowance offive thousand dollars ($5,000), one time duringthe life
of the contract, on or about June 2018, in the form of employer contribution to the district 403b plan
upon written request to the Chief Finance Officer.

Reimbursement for expenses incurred in attending state and national conferences related to the
professional duties of CutlerHodgman as approved by the Superintendent in writing.

Reimbursement for tuition expenses upto a maximum of twelve(12) credits per year and $500 per
credit.

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CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL
Employment Contract
Jill Cutler Hodgman

An Automobile Allowance at the annual rate of $2,700 pro-rated and paid on a monthly basis. The
amount shall be in lieu of all other reimbursement to Cutler Hodgman for use of personal vehicle.

Parking shall be provided for Cutler Hodgman.

Reimbursement for membership in organizations related to the professional duties of the Cutler
Hodgman with prior approval of the Superintendent.

TERMINATION
The agreement may be terminated atany time upon mutual consent ofthe parties, Cutler Hodgman's
death, expiration ofthe term as modified, or be terminated as provided herein.

CutlerHodgman may resign employment under the Agreement at any time, provided Cutler Hodgman
gives ninety (90) days written notice to the Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall havethe right to terminate the Agreement without cause at any time, provided
that the Board paysthe Chief Labor and Legal Officer for the remainderof the contract term, with full
compensation and benefits.

TheSuperintendent must provide written notice of intent not to renew thecontract at least three (3)
months prior to the expiration date of this employment contract. Failure to provide notice will continue
the contract at the current rate until such contract isextended or three months' notice is provided.

The Superintendent shall have the right todischarge Cutler Hodgman at any time during the term ofthe
agreement for good andjust cause. The term "for good andjust cause" as used herein shall be defined
to mean:

> Inefficiency or incompetence;


> Insubordination against reasonable rules of the Board;
> Moral misconduct;
> Disability as shown by competent medical evidence;
> Other due and sufficient cause.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
The contract contains the entire agreement byand between the parties. Tt may notbe amended orally, but
may beamended by agreement in writing, signed by both parties and attached hereto. Immediately upon
signing, the contract supersedes all prior agreement between the parties. If any part of the contract is
invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remainder ofthe Agreement, but said remainder shall be binding
and effective against the parties.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed the Agreement onthe dayand year indicated.

SOu
JgJ Cutler Hodgman Date Beth Schiavino-Narvaez/' ) I Date
ChiefLabor andLegal Officer Superintendent of School

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CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
Chief Labor and Legal Officer

The Board of Education for the Hartford Systemof Schools(hereinafterthe "Board), acting through its
Superintendentdesignee,ChristinaKishimoto, and Jill Cutler Hodgman (hereinafter"Cutler
Hodgman"), hereby agree as follows:

EMPLOYMENT

The Board, through its Superintendent, hereby appointsCutler Hodgman and Cutler Hodgman agrees to
serve as the Chief Labor and Legal Officerto the Superintendent for the Hartford System of Schools.

TERM OF CONTRACT
The term of employment is from July 1,2013 to June 30,2017.

DUTIES
Cutler Hodgman shall reportto the Superintendent, and shall perform duties as described in the Job
Description. The Superintendent may assign other specific responsibilities.

COMPENSATION
Effective July 1,2013,theannual salary shall be $165,025. Effective July 1,2014, the annual
salary shallbe $171,626. Effective July 1,2015,the annual salary shall be $178,491. Effective
July 1,2016, the annual salary shall be$183,846. Any adjustments in salary made during the life of
this contract shall be in the form of an amendment and shall becomepartofthis contract.

FRINGE BENEFITS
The Board shall provide the Cutler Hodgman with the following fringe benefits:

Dental, health, and life insurance benefits comparable to those provided to the majority of staffshall
continue. The premium costsharing percentage shall follow thecertified administrator contract. Any
significant change in the health insurance plan (e.g. move away from a PPO) shall allow the Chief
Labor and Legal Officer to bargainregardingthe impact of such change.

Vacation leave to accrue at therate oftwo vacation days permonth of employment - no maximum
accumulation ofvacation shall apply. All accrued unused vacation leave, up to a maximum oftwenty-
four days (24), shall be payable at the end of service at the perdiem rate based ona 260dayyear.

Sick leave to accrue at theannual rate of two sick days permonth of employment. Unused sick leave
shall bepaid outat the endof service at the rate of thirty percent (30%).

Personal days at the annual rate offive days. Unused personal days shall not accrue and will not be
paid out at the end of service.

Holidays and other school closings, ifany, in accordance with the calendar for Central Office
employees.

The Board shall provide apension allowance ofthree thousand dollars ($3,000), four times during the
life ofthe contract, onorabout June 2014, June 2015, June 2016, and June 2017, in the form of
employer contribution to the district 403b plan upon written request to the Chief Finance Officer.
Reimbursement for expenses incurred in attending state and national conferences related to the
professional duties ofCutler Hodgman as approved by the Superintendent in writing.
Reimbursement for tuition expenses up to a maximum oftwelve (12) credits per year and $500 per
credit.

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CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL

Employment Contract
Jill Cutler Hodgman

An Automobile Allowance at the annual rate of $2,700 pro-rated and paid on a monthly basis. The
amount shall be in lieu of allother reimbursement to Cutler Hodgman for useof personal vehicle.

Parking shall be provided for Cutler Hodgman.

Reimbursement for membership in organizationsrelated to the professional duties of the Cutler


Hodgman with prior approval ofthe Superintendent.

TERMINATION
The agreement may be terminated at any time upon mutual consent of the parties, Cutler Hodgman's
death, expiration of the term as modified, or be terminated as provided herein.

Cutler Hodgman may resign employment underthe Agreementat any time, provided Cutler Hodgman
gives ninety (90) days written notice to the Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall have the right to terminate theAgreement without cause at anytime, provided
that the Board pays the Chief Labor and Legal Officer for the remainder of the contract term, with full
compensation and benefits.

The Superintendentmust providewritten noticeof intent not to renew the contract at least three (3)
months prior to the expiration date of this employment contract. Failure to providenotice will continue
the contract at the current rate until such contractis extended or three months' notice is provided.

The Superintendent shall havethe rightto discharge CutlerHodgman at any time duringthe term of the
agreement for good and just cause. The term "for goodandjust cause"as used herein shall be defined
to mean:

> Inefficiency or incompetence;


> Insubordination against reasonable rules of the Board;
> Moral misconduct;
> Disability as shown by competent medical evidence;
> Other due and sufficient cause.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
The contract contains the entire agreement by and between the parties. It may not beamended orally, but
may beamended by agreement in writing, signed by both parties and attached hereto. Immediately upon
signing, the contract supersedes allprior agreement between the parties. Ifany part ofthecontract is
invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remainder ofthe Agreement, but said remainder shall be binding
and effective against the parties.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed the Agreement on the day and year indicated.

7JJlpl^
$1 Cutler Hodgman \J Date Christina M. Kishimoto Date
ChiefLabor and Legal Officer Superintendent of Schools

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