Andres Pajula, long-term head of Tallinn city's board of education will receive close to €30,000 in severance pay after requesting release from office, after nearly 20 years in the post.
Tallinn city government's own statutes permits the outgoing head of an agency up to six months' basic salary at their request, in this case, €29,400.
Pajula requested release from service, from July 8. He had been in the post since March 2003.
Marika Pettai, head of the department of educational organization., will be caretaker head of Tallinn education board until a replacement for Pajula has been found.
Pajula to head up Saue High School
Pajula will take on a new post as principal of Saue High School (Saue Gümnaasium) near Tallinn, from the new academic year at a time of transition for the school, after coming out on top from nine applicants in the competitive process for the position, which ran in the first half of June, ERR reports.
Pajula's long-term experience in the field of education told in his favor, ERR reports, while he has expressed a strong desire to continue in that arena.
The school had close to 1,200 pupils attending the last academic year, and included a basic school (Põhikool) component as well as the Gümnaasium classes. However, from next academic year, the latter will be replaced by the new state high school in nearby Laagri, and Saue will be a basic school-only, with around 1,000 pupils.
This article was updated to include details on Pajula's new job.
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