This was on the School Board Agenda on Monday in the Superintendent’s Report: “Resolution To Approve Settlement of a Claim Pending Against the School District.” The Board approved the settlement. I phoned all the school board members tonight and reached three of them. All said they couldn’t comment, that I’d have to talk to the District’s attorney. I can understand the need for secrecy during negotiations, and data privacy laws would prevent the release of the student’s name. But now that the suit is settled, (continued)
it seems a public body should reveal some basic details, eg, whether or not a monetary payout was made (and if so, how much), how much in attorney fees this cost the taxpayers, whether there was negligence of some kind on the part of staff or administrators, etc.
The District’s press release reads in part:
Now therefore, be it resolved….
1. That the settlement agreement and Release of all claims as presented to the school district be and hereby is approved;
2. That the school board chair and Clerk be and hereby are authorized to sign the settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims document on behalf of the school board; and
3. That the administration be and hereby is directed to cause an originally signed copy of the document to be mailed to the student’s attorney and that the other originally signed copy of the document be placed in the records of the school district.
Update 10:15 AM. Here’s the PDF of the Resolution Approving Settlement Agreement 32309.