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  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 . Homel's suit alleged that she was removed from her position due to gender bias and in .

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. 

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  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.

Pete Krenshaw January 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Apparently they couldn't defend themselves as easily as they anticipated...it certainly makes one wonder about their ability to do anything in regards to budgets and planning. These are the people whom we entrust our children to with the expectation of quality education and a safe environment. No matter where we turn (buses, classrooms, sports, quality of administration, faculty and staff and the quality of construction design) it all appears to fall way short of realistic expectations.
James Peter January 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Great article !! It's a crime that Centenial taxpayers have to burden the costs of that poor excuse for a Superindent Turnbaugh!! Too bad we can't hold his "buddy" Dr. Pollock liable for the expenses!!!!
Steve G January 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM
School Board Report Card Fiscal Responsibility F Common Sense F- Hiring Superintendent F Real World Budgets F Handling Litigation F Attitude Toward Taxpayers F- I suggest that the School Board Members attend Summer School this summer and take finance and accounting courses. Hopefully they will learn something. If not, we will continue to see higher than average taxes increases every year as we have in the past few years. Maybe they have Special Education for School Boards!
Steve A January 26, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Right On Steve G!
concerned123 January 30, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I really wish the Tax Payers in Centennial will wake up and vote this board of over spending poor decision makers out. Dr Pollack leadership is putting this disctrict in the same boat Neshaminy is in. So we were 1.7 mil in debt before they approved a new teachers contract last year and now it jumped to 4 mil in debt in a year. They increased the teachers medical perks including spouses.and gave them 2 to 5 % raises depending on their steps in the pay matrix 3 out of the 4 years in their new deal. hmmmmm I wonder who is getting screwed.? Mr.and Mrs Taxpayer. Not to mention they are building three new schools ,settling lawsuits and buying half million dollar sound systems in the worst economic times since the depression. You think its toime for these idiots to go ? We need to get financially intelligent board members who think of the tax payer first !


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