The Carthage ISD Board is pictured Thursday at a special meeting. Trustees voted 6-1 to voluntarily separate from an agreement with Superintendent John Wink.

Carthage ISD is paying former Superintendent John Wink a maximum lump sum of $199,500 as part of a separation agreement approved Thursday by the school board.

In the agreement, Wink agreed to voluntarily resign as superintendent on Nov. 12 and remain with the district as special assistant for transition through his “effective resignation date.” As part of that agreement, Wink will be available on call by telephone for Interim Superintendent Jim Dunlap.

His effective resignation is agreed to be January 20, 2021 or the first day of Wink’s employment in another school district.

The district agreed to furnish Wink with a neutral reference from Board President Ben Donald consisting of his dates of employment, position in the district and that his 2019-20 evaluation was “meets expectations or higher.”

The district agreed to pay Wink a maximum lump sum of $199,500, minus the salary they will pay him between now and his effective resignation.

Both the district and Wink agreed they would not “retaliate against, harass, disparage, or defame” each other, agreeing any statement about Wink’s employment with the district would be “The situation was resolved to the parties’ mutual satisfaction, and I am not permitted to comment further.”


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.