Butler County Times Gazette
  • Kansas woman wins seat on school board she's suing

  • A woman who sued a Coffey County school board for $7.4 million after her contract was not renewed will take a seat on the board just days after the scheduled start of the trial.
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  • A woman who sued a Coffey County school board for $7.4 million after her contract was not renewed will take a seat on the board just days after the scheduled start of the trial.
    Monique Hart, who previously worked for Burlington Unified School District 244, sued superintendent Cliff Williams and the school board last May, claiming Williams gave the board false information about her before her contract was not renewed, and that the district published confidential information on her employment.
    A judge later dismissed all claims against Williams, but the board is still fighting claims of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. School board officials declined to discuss the lawsuit, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/ZHGXXL ).
    The trial is scheduled for June 18-21. Hart's joins the board starts 10 days later.
    Hart worked for the district from 2000 until 2011 as the director of after-school programs. She also served in other roles, such as cheerleading coach. When her contract wasn't renewed, the board cited budget concerns. But Hart said her position was funded by grants and that the district continues to receive that money.
    Hart claims the district posted false information about her provided by Williams on its website. Williams conceded in an affidavit that confidential information appeared online but said the staff accidentally posted private board materials instead of a public version of the same document.
    Hart said in an email to the Capital-Journal that she decided to run for the school board because she has children in school, has appropriate experience and wants to serve the community.

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