School Tax Dollars at Work: Settling Lawsuits

I imagine that $150,000 will buy a boatload of books, computers, pens & pencils for a school district.  Or it can be used to cover the cost of a lawsuit.

That’s what the Schenectady City School District will pay to settle a lawsuit.  It’s a direct result of the Steven Raucci fiasco.  (Check out a previous post for more background.)  The Times Union reports the following:

The district will pay $150,000 of the total settlement from a reserve claims while the insurance would cover the remaining $100,000 and related legal expenses, said [School Board President Catherine] Lewis.

Now, I’m not exactly sure what is meant by a “reserve claims.”  But regardless of the specific location within the district’s budget… I’m sure it’s ultimately taxpayers footing the bill.  Congrats to all of my property-tax-payin’ friends from Schenectady.  Aren’t you glad your money is being spent so well?

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not a lawsuit-happy guy, but I’m not casting aspersions at the originator of the lawsuit.  It certainly sounds like he had to endure a miserable work environment, literally at the hands of Raucci.

However, I am appalled that the previous superintendent and other administrators could allow such a nasty work environment to exist.

Call this the consequences of inaction.  Expect more consequences, (read lawsuits), to follow.

‘Course it could be worse.  Raucci could still be working there.

And that’s why we Ordinary Citizens must hold our school districts accountable, whether or not we have children in the district.

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