(02/14/2011)
The settlement agreement regarding the firing of Calhoun schools Director of Supportive Services Frank Tetrick has been released by Tetrick.

Tetrick was suspended by Superintendent Roger Propst on grounds of insubordination and was then dismissed by the local school board.

The WV Public Employees Grievance Board ruled that Tetrick's termination was not justified, after which Tetrick's attorney and the local school board negotiated a settlement agreement.

Propst protested a hidden recording Tetrick made regarding conversations between the two, saying, "I consider your [Tetrick] actions to be rank insubordination ... a repudiation of my authority as your immediate supervisor, an extreme violation of confidentiality."

The Grievance Board said the recording was not illegal, and that the superintendent did not conduct evaluations or produce documentation to dismiss Tetrick.

After reaching a settlement, Propst said, "This agreement is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of the Calhoun County Board of Education, by whom liability is expressly denied. It intends merely to avoid litigation or appeal and the costs ..."

Propst said, following the agreement, that the matter has been put to rest.

Tetrick said the settlement agreement is public information, and shows that the school system has borne the costs, which includes payment to him until July 1, 2011.

THE SETTLEMENT

On or before January 31, 2011, the Calhoun County Board of Education shall pay the Employee, in three checks, the following sums:

a. Fifty-One Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty-Two Dollars and Fifty-Five Cents ($51,752.55), representing Sixty Five Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty-Nine Dollars and 85 Cents ($65,839.85) in gross wages for the period of March 26, 2010, through June 30, 2011, minus Seventeen Thousand Sixty-Six Dollars and Forty-Three Cents ($17,066.43) in taxes and withholdings, plus interest at the statutory rate in the amount of Two Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Nine Dollars and Thirteen Cents ($2,979.13) on the net amount.

b. Five Thousand Four Hundred Eighty-Seven Dollars and One Cent ($5,487.01), representing Seven Thousand Four Hundred Six Dollars and Ninety-Eight Cents ($7,406.98) in gross compensation for twenty-seven (27) vacation days, minus One Thousand Nine Hundred Nineteen Dollars and Ninety-Seven Cents ($1,919.97) in taxes and withholdings, without interest;

c. Thirteen Thousand Seven Hundred Forty-Two Dollars and Ninety-Five Cents ($13,742.95), as reimbursement for all the attorney's fees incurred by the Employee incident to the proceedings to challenge the suspension and termination of his contract of employment and the negotiation of this agreement, to be paid by check made payable to both the Employee and his legal counsel, Mark McMillian.

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