Amherst Regional High School
The recent settlement with Carolyn Gardner that school officials refuse to release any details about is only the most recent example of tax money paid out to, presumably, right a wrong or make an individual whole again so they can get on with their life.
Somewhere other than the Amherst Regional Public Schools.
Over the past four years the Public Schools have paid their attorney Giny Tate $562,066, or an average of $140,516 per year for legal services. And "Legal Settlements" cost the taxpayers $821,668 over that same time period or an average of $205,417 per year.
Thus legal activity taken as a whole cost taxpayers an average of $345,933 per year for the past four years.
The report to the Regional School Committee is dated March 31 so FY15 was three quarters completed (ends June 30), thus the Carolyn Gardner settlement is not included.
Chart composed by HR Director Kathy Mazur
A few years ago I requested all the (former) employees who were paid a settlement greater than $5,000 and was given a chart showing 13 individuals (between 2006 and 2013) paid a total of $367,427.
The Schools refused to release the names of the individuals or any further details even though the Secretary of State's Public Records Division clearly told them to do so.
Back then I had figures but no names, today we have a name (Carolyn Gardner) but no figure.