Monroe County School District settles discrimination lawsuit
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Monroe County School District settled a discrimination lawsuit.
Through an open records request, 41NBC News learned of the lawsuit. Dr. Flethcher Johnson Jr., and his wife Valerie, will receive $150,000. He claimed the school district discriminated against him for a principal position based on race.
Monroe County School District Superintendent, Dr. Anthony D. Packgave, emailed us this statement regarding the lawsuit:
“The School District further notes that the settlement agreement was reached between the Plaintiffs and the GSBA Risk Management Fund, which provided liability coverage for this lawsuit on behalf of the Monroe County Board of Education, Monroe County Schools and its employees. Plaintiffs agreed to dismiss all claims and all pending court actions in exchange for the RMF making a payment to Plaintiffs and their attorneys of an amount of money significantly less than what the RMF believed it would cost to defend the claims successfully. The decision to reach a monetary settlement was not made by the Board of Education. The RMF indicated to the Board that its decision to settle was based purely on economic and financial considerations. As a part of the settlement, the Plaintiffs specifically acknowledge that they understand that the School District and its employees deny any liability.”
It also states, the Monroe County Board of Education and Administration of Monroe County Schools has no further comments to make regarding this matter.