BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Baldwinsville Board of Education voted unanimously to drop the disciplinary charges against suspended superintendent Jason Thomson in exchange for his resignation effective June 30, 2023.

The agreement was made during the Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 23.

Thomson was arrested and charged with a DWI in October 2022 after a homecoming football game. Before he left the game, he was seen crowd surfing with students who told administrators they smelled alcohol on his breath.

Thomson pled guilty to a lesser charge of driving while ability impaired last month. His license was suspended for 90 days.

The suspended superintendent has been getting paid since his DWI arrest. Thus far he has made $58,575 of taxpayer money while not working. 

After the agreement was passed tonight, Thomson will be paid until June 30, earning $148,390 since last October.

In a vote of 6-3, the board also approved the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Davis to the position of Interim Superintendent during the meeting. Davis will take over on February 1, 2023.

The appointment of a new Interim Superintendent was a major point of contention among the dozens of community members who showed up to Monday night’s meeting. Thirteen of the 14 people who spoke up during public comment, including the Baldwinsville Police Chief voiced their unwavering support for the current Acting Superintendent Joseph DeBarbieri.

DeBarbieri is the Deputy Superintendent but has filled the role of Acting Superintendent since October. He has also filled the vacant role numerous times over the years.

The meeting was a fiery one with community members yelling out to the board to be more transparent, cheering, and booing at times. Many of the speakers called for the board members to resign.

The six board members who voted in favor of Kathleen Davis’ appointment said there are two positions that need to be filled, that of Deputy Superintendent which Joseph DeBarbieri will reassume, and that of Acting Superintendent. Davis will be paid $800 per day for her service and receive a $800 housing stipend per month.

Board President Jennifer Patruno and other board members declined NewsChannel 9’s comments after the board meeting was adjourned.