Sep. 10—MILTON —
The district this week released correspondence between the district's legal counsel and
Those statements became the focus of a lawsuit filed this February by former school district director of administrative operations
Schuetz's suit claims Kvapil's statements caused him pain and distress, including one suggesting that taking a stipend was "stealing."
Kvapil also said Schuetz's
In public statements and on a Facebook page, Kvapil questioned the integrity of those involved in the payment of several stipends as part of his opposition to a proposed school spending referendum. Kvapil said at a school board meeting that he did not trust the board or administration to use the money wisely.
In a five-page letter to
As reported earlier, an investigation by an outside attorney determined Kvapil had violated the public records law by releasing documents from an emergency school board meeting about stipends paid to Schuetz, then-superintendent
The same investigation revealed that then-board president
Kvapil later retracted statements about Schuetz's stipend.
"By releasing the report,
Lewis' letter quotes Kvapil and Kvapil's attorney that Kvapil was acting as a private citizen.
In a 4-page reply dated
Miller did leave a window open on the question:
"However, because the potential exists that not all of the statements made were in discharge of Kvapil's duties as a board member,
Lewis' letter describes how the district gave two severance payments totaling
In signing the severance agreement, Schuetz agreed not to sue the district, school board or board members in their official capacities, Lewis wrote, and Schuetz abided by that agreement by suing Kvapil "in his personal capacity" and not as a board member.
"To hold otherwise would circumvent the terms of
Asked if the district was trying to save money, Klebba said, "I think it's important to emphasize, the taxpayers' money."
Klebba said the district would have to pay deductibles as specified in the liability insurance contract and that it's possible the district's premium payments could rise as a result of the lawsuit.
Kvapil didn't run for re-election in April. Contacted by The Gazette on Thursday, Kvapil said that on advice of his attorney, he couldn't comment on the latest news.
The lawsuit is ongoing in
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