Burnsville schools HR buyout comes on heels of complaints 07 Mar 12

A former Human Resources Director for Burnsville Public Schools was asked to withdraw complaints she had made against the school district superintendent as part of the $250,000 buyout she was given to leave her post.

Documents obtained this week by the Star Tribune reveal that Tania Chance had filed a complaint against Superintendent Randy Clegg with the Minnesota Board of Administrators. She had also filed a more generic complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. None of the paperwork indicates the nature of Clegg’s complaints.

As part of her settlement last month with the school district, Chance provided documentation that she had withdrawn those complaints, and also agreed to withdraw “all data requests to the school district.” Her departure comes after serving only six months of a two-year contract that paid her a salary of $136,000.

State law mandates that a government agency provide a reason for any buyout or settlement that involves a payment of more than $10,000, but the district has yet to provide a specific reason for the agreement, citing state data privacy laws.

Clegg, who hired Chance in 2010 as part of his cabinet, gave his former human resources director high marks for her “professional qualities.”