9/29/15 – 5:03 A.M.
A two-year long legal battle between a former Liberty-Benton teacher and the district officially came to an end Monday. The Courier reports the school board unanimously approved a settlement with Mark Badertscher. After deductions, the settlement amounted to nearly $52,000. That includes back pay and non-wage benefits.
Before the deductions the back pay amounted to more than $101,000. Badertscher told the newspaper the district had offered reinstatement as part of the settlement, but he turned that down. As it stands now, Badertscher is one of seven candidates running for two spots on the school board.
The legal saga between the school district and Badertscher began in 2013 when he was fired after a student choked out another student in Badertscher’s classroom. Badertscher appealed the firing and won, but the school board appealed. The reinstatement was upheld by the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima.
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