Football: Chico ISD, Wilson separate – Former AD put on administrative leave

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Chico ISD and Lane Wilson have reached terms on a separation agreement, according to documents obtained by the Messenger through an open records request.


Wilson, Chico’s former athletic director and football coach, was relieved of his coaching duties Jan. 27. The district has yet to name his replacement.

Chico ISD Superintendent Don Elsom said Wilson was placed on administrative leave Monday to help ease the transition to the new athletic director. Elsom added the decision was mutual.

Wilson was under contract through 2019, having signed a two-year deal in 2017. The separation agreement states Wilson’s resignation will become effective Aug. 31. The district will continue to pay Wilson his normal annual salary of $79,051 until his resignation is officially tendered at the end of August.

The separation agreement states Wilson will be relieved of his teaching duties and would perform duties on an as-needed basis at a location directed by Elsom.

The agreement also states should Wilson accept a new position of employment in a public school district or charter school prior to Aug. 31, the district will stop paying him subsequent to his first date of employment with his new employer.

Elsom said in the Feb. 14 edition of the Messenger it was “hard to pin it down to one thing” regarding the decision to part ways with Wilson.

Wilson, meanwhile, said on Feb. 13 he was never given a definitive answer on why he was relieved of his position. Wilson had been with Chico for seven years, serving as head coach for three of them. In his seven seasons, the Dragons won 34 games.

In the seven years prior to Wilson’s arrival, Chico won just eight games.

Elsom said the district is still interviewing candidates to replace Wilson, but expects to have a applicants ready for confirmation by the March 5 school board meeting.

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