An out of court settlement has been reached between the former superintendent of the Wild Rose Public Schools and the school district that oversees schools in Rocky Mountain House, Caroline and Leslieville.
In April 2009, Beverly Hammond filed a $5.29-million lawsuit with the Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench claiming the school division breached her employment and termination agreements, and damaged her reputation and health. The trial date in Red Deer provincial court was scheduled for early October.
Wild Rose board chairman Keith Warren said the details of the settlement are confidential.
“It has been settled as of Monday,” said Warren. “It’s been two and a half years. … We’re happy that it’s settled. We’re glad that we were able to move forward.”
According to Hammond’s statement of claim, a medical condition prevented her from working for a period of time in 2008. The division and Hammond executed a mutual termination agreement that would pay her $367,870 equal to 12 months salary, benefits and pension. Hammond claimed the school division failed to honour the agreement and instead offered salary and unused vacation entitlement of roughly $175,000.
Hammond resigned from her post on Dec. 31, 2008.
In a released statement, Hammond said, she was “pleased with the terms of the settlement and wish to thank everyone for their unwavering support during the course of this litigation.”