However, in May of this year, Yellow Springs Schools filed a civil suit against Bussey, claiming she disclosed details of the confidential agreement when she made comments in an online forum under the pseudonym “Gela May.”
Yellow Springs district files suit against former teacher
The district is seeking $25,000 in damages.
In response to the district’s legal filing, Bussey’s attorney, David Duwel, filed a counterclaim against the district, claiming the district had already disclosed details of the agreement in an article published by the Yellow Springs News in 2015.
Further, Duwel claimed the district did not comply with the settlement because Bussey’s personnel file contained negative reviews and did not include the required letter of recommendation.
The district, as represented by West Chester-based Pramila Kamath, has filed an answer with the court, denying Bussey’s counterclaims.
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The district’s answer states in part that the damages that the defendant alleges “were caused, in whole or in part, by her own conduct and/or breach of the settlement agreement.”
Bussey is seeking more than $100,000 in damages to settle her counterclaims.
Duwel said the district did not comply with the settlement agreement when earlier this year they provided a third party Bussey’s personnel file, which contained the negative evaluations that led to her original lawsuit.
The year, Krier, the principal, went on medical leave in March and has not returned to work.