In the middle of a budget crunch that has cost teachers and bus drivers their jobs, San Diego Unified is paying $39,800 to former labor relations director Gloria Chavez, who agreed to resign two weeks ago.

Chavez was responsible for representing the school district when bargaining with labor unions, handling worker grievances and helping school administrators interpret union contracts. She earned more than $119,000 annually.

Under a settlement agreement with San Diego Unified, Chavez stayed on payroll until the end of June, then resigned and was paid almost $40,000 — four months of her salary. She will also get health and welfare benefits until the end of September.

The settlement is mum on what happened, saying only that both sides were “amicably ending the employment relationship without any assignment of fault.” Chavez and the school district agreed not to sue one another.

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Emily Alpert was formerly the education reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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