Well, it's probably too soon to say that, as discovery and depositions aren't even done in the case of former A. Woodrow Carter verses Capistrano Unified School District. But an OC Register story says the attorneys are getting ready for the courtroom.
Carter contends he was due up to 18 months severence after the district fired him. Trustees say no.
The amount in question: $490,000.
If you recall, this was Carter's big falling out with the "reform" board. State law allows superintendents to get UP to 18 months of severence pay. We looked around and the common practice is that the schools all over California seem to just give the 18 months as common practice.
Carter and the district (this was the mixed of old and "reform" members when Mike Darnold was president) reviewed Carter's first contract, approved by the board, said he was entitled to all protections under law, etc. Then Darnold and Carter made some changes they said was only language, emphasizing he would get 18 months severence based on the law if fired.
That second contract caught folks' eyes, and it all went downhill. There was also whether Carter would accept a pay raise while the district was in financial straits. He said he wouldn't until the budget picture became clearer. I asked him repeatedly at Coffee Chat (our little Friday morning town hall) if he would take the raise retroactively. He said he would consider that at the time.
Well, when he did, more trouble.
Now, it's in court. Martindale at the Register says it looks like a trial could be in our future, and legal fees for three months alone were $66,700.