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Watson Resigns from Macomb School District

Feb 20, 2012

The Macomb School District has severed ties with the boy's head basketball coach who is accused of sexual abuse.

The Board of Education on February 20 approved a resignation agreement with Daniel Watson. Under the agreement, his resignation took effect December 19, 2011. He will be paid to cover the time period from mid-August to December 19.

Watson was placed on administrative leave in mid-August, just a few days after Illinois State Police announced his arrest.

Superintendent Alene Reuschel would not say how much money Watson will receive.

“There is a figure based upon that money that he is due from the time that he was still employed with us up until December 19,” Reuschel said.

The board met behind closed doors for 30 minutes before voting on the agreement, but when asked if she had that figure, Reuschel replied, “Not in front of me.”

Figures from the Illinois State Board of Education indicate Watson's full year salary would have been more than $62,000.

Board members Robert Shouse and Christopher Sutton voted against the agreement. Both declined to explain why they opposed it.

Illinois State Police say their investigation began July 20. Watson was arrested August 12 and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He has pleaded not guilty.