- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

MONROE, N.C. (AP) - Union County’s outgoing school superintendent will receive more than $512,000 as the result of something called a “pension spike.”

WBTV reports (https://bit.ly/1s7EUlk) taxpayers will foot the bill for Mary Ellis, who’s scheduled to retire June 1.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Ellis announced her surprise retirement plans in early March, days after authorities said the State Bureau of Investigation had cleared her of wrongdoing. The SBI investigated Ellis and two high-ranking school officials after they created a consulting firm with an employee of Lenovo. The firm has supplied computers to the school district.

The pension spike was caused by an increase in Ellis’ salary late in her career. The state treasurer wrote to Union County schools for payment.

The state treasurer administers the state retirement fund.

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