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Former RHS principal receives $180,000 in R-XVI District settlement

By David Knopf/Richmond News

The attorney for Richmond Public Schools announced Friday that the district had settled with Karen Southwick, its former high school principal, for $180,000.

The emailed press release came 10 days after the school board called a special meeting and executive session Dec. 3 to discuss the settlement.

Christi Coleman-Flaherty issued a one-paragraph statement announcing the settlement on behalf of the district and school board. The agreement resolves litigation stemming from the board’s decision not to renew Southwick’s contract for 2011-12 and subsequent appeals hearings, a judge’s scathing opinion and the Dec. 13 announcement.

“The School Board of the Richmond School District is pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached in its litigation with former High School Principal Karen Southwick,” the announcement said. “The settlement provides for payment to Ms. Southwick in consideration for dismissal of her litigation against the district and a promise not to seek or accept employment with the district in the future.  The board and its administration look forward to returning their full attention to the students and current staff of the district.  The board appreciates the support of the community, and is pleased to have resolved this conflict.”

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