By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - The Liberty School District has paid a former superintendent nearly $1 million to settle his wrongful-termination lawsuit.

The lawsuit Phil Wright filed against the district in July 2009 was dismissed Thursday.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) Wright left the district in April 2008, and said at the time he was forced to resign because he refused to falsify documents. He said Thursday that the settlement barred him from discussing his departure.

Liberty school board president Scott Conner said in a statement that the lawsuit was draining funds and administrative time, and the settlement was best for taxpayers and students. The district denied any wrongdoing.

An appeals court judge found the district in contempt of court for refusing to turn over documents to Wright’s lawyers. The documents were never produced.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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