District, ex-superintendent settle court fight over $1M payout

A court dispute between a suburban Indianapolis school district and its former superintendent has ended with neither side paying the other anything.

The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township settled with former superintendent Terry Thompson, according to a statement issued by an attorney for Thompson. A message left for an attorney representing the school district was not immediately returned.

The school district sued Thompson in 2011 to recover more than $1 million in retirement compensation it had paid Thompson.

The lawsuit filed in Marion County Court claimed that Thompson deceived school board members into approving more salary and compensation than he knew they would approve in contract negotiations.

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. But attorneys for Thompson argued that it was the board’s duty to review all contracts for employees.

Thompson filed a counter-claim against the district seeking payment of future retirement benefits.
 

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