Centennial Agrees to Settle Lawsuit
Among the items set for discussion this evening at the Centennial School Board of Directors meeting is the payout for the settlement of a lawsuit between the district and a former employee.
The Centennial School Board will meet this evening at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room of the Johnsville Administration Building, 433 Centennial Road, in Warminster.
As part of the meeting agenda, the board will vote to approve a settlement agreement in the Sandy Homel lawsuit.
Sandy Homel was the former acting superintendent of the district who filed suit against the district last year. Homel's suit alleged that she was removed from her position due to gender bias and in retribution for filing complaints.
A trial was set to begin in federal court last week, but just days before the court was expected to hear opening arguments an agreement was reached.
Initally documents filed with the court stated Homel was seeking damages in excess of $150,000 for each of the five counts detailed in the suit.
While the details of the settlement between the district and Homel remain undisclosed, it comes on the heels of another settlement payout by the district to former Willow Dale Elementary School principal Donna Dunar.
Dunar also filed suit against the district last year claiming discrimination and sexual harrassment. According to court documents, the district paid more than $60,000 to settle Dunar's suit last fall.
These payouts come at a time when the district is facing some tough decisions regarding its upcoming budget. The settlement discussions occupy the same consent agenda as several suggestions for academic programs to be discontinued in the upcoming year.
Can't make the meeting meeting? As always, the district invites those who are unable to attend to watch the proceedings broadcast live on public access television or over the Internet via the district’s website.