Sebring board buys out superintendent

SEBRING- Embattled Sebring Schools Superintendent Christopher Lewis has accepted a buyout of the final year of his contract.

The school board Monday morning approved an agreement with Lewis that allows him to use sick and vacation leave for the remainder of this school year and grants him a lump sum of $111,000 for next year. The action is effective immediately.

Elementary Principal Toni Viscounte will serve as interim superintendent until the position is filled.

The board suspended Lewis with pay on March 24 while investigating allegations against him, but reinstated him days later after finding the allegations unsubstantiated. Treasurer Pete Hill said via phone Monday afternoon that he does not believe the buyout is related to the suspension.