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Pleasantville school board approves $215K settlement with superintendent over lost wages

Pleasantville school board approves $215K settlement with superintendent over lost wages

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PLEASANTVILLE — Superintendent Clarence Alston will receive $215,000 as part of a settlement agreement with the district approved at a February school board meeting.

Alston was suing the district in Superior Court in Atlantic County after his initial appointment as superintendent was blocked by the district’s state fiscal mon-itor Constance Bauer in August 2016.

The agreement, obtained through an open public records request, came several months after a Superior Court judge in June ruled Bauer overstepped her authority.

Following the judge’s ruling, Alston, who served as superintendent of the district from 2006 to 2009, was approved for a three-year, 11-month contract at $167,500 for the first year, with 2.4 percent increases each year.

As part of the settlement agreement, the Pleasantville school board denies any liability for Alston’s claims.

Alston will receive $100,000 in alleged lost wages, backpay and other economic damages, the settlement reads. Another $115,000 will be paid to Alston and his lawyer, David Castellani, “which will represent payment for all other claimed damages, costs and expenses including but not limited to alleged emotional distress damages and attorney fees.”

Additionally, Castellani will receive $2,500 for reimbursement of Alston’s share of the mediation retainer fee he previously paid to the mediator Judge Michael Donio. Alston agrees to submit within 60 days of the signed settlement a request to extend his superintendent’s contract for one year.

The suit was dismissed as a result of the settlement.

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