School superintendent files federal breach of contract claim

On behalf of Koch & Schmidt posted in Business Torts on Friday, September 9, 2016.

It is not uncommon for members of faculty in Louisiana schools and those across the nation to face challenges regarding their contracts. In recent times, various school districts in the nation have threatened strikes in order to protest alleged unfair treatment in negotiations. One situation in another state does not involve all faculty members but one woman who used to be a school principal, then changed job positions, and now says the district has committed a breach of contract.

As principal, the woman was employed at an elementary school. In November 2015, she was hired on as the district’s new superintendent. Later the following month, several new members joined the school board.

A contentious situation developed when the board members then voted to rescind the woman’s contract. What followed included the former principal/superintendent filing a lawsuit at the federal level against the school district. In her claim, she stated that her due process rights had been violated. The woman’s updated salary, as superintendent, was supposed to be at least $115,000; she is arguing that the contract was inappropriately voided.

On a recent Monday, the school district submitted a formal request to dismiss the federal lawsuit. Their request states there are grounds for dismissal because the former employee did not file an official claim for relief. The written motion contained very few words, but spokespersons say an extensive supporting brief is to be expected in the near future. Anyone in Louisiana facing breach of contract problems, regardless of which side of the issue he or she is on, may seek guidance by contacting an experienced business attorney.

Source: citizensvoice.com, “Crestwood seeks dismissal of breach-of-contract suit“, James Halpin, Aug. 31, 2016