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Area school district claims fraud by ex-superintendent

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A suburban Indianapolis school district is suing its former superintendent, claiming that he schemed to defraud it of millions of dollars for himself.

The lawsuit filed in Marion County court by the Wayne Township school district says Terry Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.

In its complaint filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court Civil Division, the district said Terry Thompson used complex contractual changes to increase his annual income from $218,000 in 2003 to $2.2 million in 2010, WIBC-FM 93.1 reported.

School district attorney Linda Pence told WTHR-TV that the board trusted the recommendations Thompson made.

A law firm representing Thompson called the lawsuit inappropriate and said it was the school board's duty to review contracts for all employees.
 

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  • WAYNE TWP. SUPT. SLICK; BOARD; NO OVERSIGHT
    I agree with the comments about the school board. Good old boy-ism with women included. Board was challenged (by some) back when bond issue was passed to build the elite sports campus WT now has and when hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on vainglorious (to the school system) unnecessary electronic signs at all 10 schools (one got TWO of them); all to no avail. Time to vote them out, but gotta wait for election time when less than 30% of REGISTERED (don't even mention NOT-registered) voters come out and most of them have no clue about who's running in any office. You get the government you deserve.
  • Board at Fault
    By law, the school board has the direct authority to hire/fire 1 person -- the superintendent. The Wayne Twp. School Board failed completely in its responsibility to their school community.

    This is NOT a good school board and many, many other Boards - faced with the same situation - would have handled it much differently.

    Looking at their Board, one of their members has served for some 40 years - WAY TOO LONG.

    Thompson is not blameless; he and his attorney knew what they were doing.

    BUT, at the end of the day, it is the Board that is legally responsible for accepting/signing the contracts and approving them.

    If I were in their district, I'd go find some new people to serve on that board.

    The hundreds of thousands of dollars WASTED in all of this could have been used in the classroom to help students. No excuse.
  • Unbelievable
    So the school board charged with oversight, admits they were to lazy, stupdid or ignorant to do any oversight and now wants to sue? The school board should be sued for negligence by taxpayers. Seems to me like fresh fuel for the drive to change school governance. Also, go ahead and take away the license of the school board's "smart" attorney for filing this piece of garbage.

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