Herman Horace, president of the Pine Bluff School Board, said that Superintendent Michael Robinson requested to have his contract bought out rather than the board making the decision on its own.

“He asked to be bought out,” Horace told The Pine Bluff Commercial on Monday. “I want the record to show that the board acted on Dr. Robinson's recommendation to be bought out.”

The school board voted on Tuesday, June 26, to buy out Robinson's contract as of Saturday, June 30, agreeing to pay $50,000 along with funding for insurance benefits for six months. The board voted to make Monica King McMurray, who had served as the PBSD executive director of Learning Services, the interim superintendent while the search for Robinson's permanent replacement is held.

The Commercial is in the process of reaching out to Robinson. A profile of McMurray is also planned.