BDUSD, Grulke Agree to Settlement

10/24/11 – A lawsuit against the Beaver Dam School District won’t be going to trial. That’s after the school board and now former district secretary Cheryl Grulke came to agreement that settles three different complaints filed by her in late 2010 and early this year. As a result of the final settlement agreement, a trial slated to begin today on whether Superintendent Steve Vessey and the district was in violation of Wisconsin’s open records laws will not go on as scheduled. Among other things, the settlement will see the district pay Grulke about $25,000 as part of a severance agreement, while her attorney’s fees of about $56,000 will also be covered. Vessey must also receive three hours of training on the states public records law and its open meeting law, while all other staff will be provided with copies of the district’s harassment and discrimination policies. The total payout is $90,000 of which $40,000 will be paid for by the district and the remaining payout will be covered by insurance. In a statement, Vessey said the payout is a large amount of money to be spent on anything other than the classroom, but the amount pales in comparison to the total costs that would have been incurred had the district gone to trial. Meanwhile, Grulke said in a statement that she was satisfied with the resolution of the issues and thanked the community for its support.