ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – If you have children in the Arlington Independent School District, you may know the district’s leader has left and he’s taking a lot of money with him.

Thursday night the Arlington ISD school board voted to end the tenure of Superintendent Jerry McCullough.

The change is a surprise that’s going to cost the district well over $100,000.

McCullough led the district of some 63,000 students for three years.

As the leader of Texas’ 9th largest school district McCullough received a salary of $230,000 a year.

Sources told CBS 11 News, board members simply believed the district needs new vision, and a new direction.

“We are trying to make a quantum leap and progress forward in the school district, and that’s part of the plan the district has been working on, and I think its wise as part of their leadership,” Arlington ISD parent Chad Bates said.

Apparently board members wanted McCullough to retire and not resign, but that didn’t happen. There was some disagreement over what should be done and ultimately a resignation/release agreement was reached.

While the vote to oust McCullough was unanimous, 6-0, during a closed-door meeting School Board President, Peter Baron, took a moment to show his appreciation for McCullough’s service.

“Throughout his 43 years with the district he’s positively impacted thousands and thousands of students and staff members and we wish him well,” he said.

McCullough is on administrative leave, with pay and benefits until his contract ends in January.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, will serve as interim Superintendent until a permanent replacement is found.

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