SOUTH COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, PA—The Owen J. Roberts School Board has closed a lengthy legal chapter by approving a settlement agreement with former Superintendent Myra Forrest.
The agreement puts an end to a legal battle that spanned four years, following Forrest’s 2009 termination. Forrest had filed a suit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking damages, although an amount was never made public. Defendants in the case were the Owen J. Roberts School District, the school board and five former board members.
The matter had been scheduled to go to trial several times, but was postponed each time. A settlement agreement was reached in June and the case was formally dismissed by the court last month.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement and release, Forrest was given $315,000, to be paid by the district’s insurance company. That money is intended to cover losses and damages “related to the lawsuit, the superintendent’s contract and/or the employment relationship, or (Forrest’s) separation from her employment and affiliation with defendants,” the language of the agreement states.