Unknown at the time, the District knew the administrator was targeting seasoned teachers and had to pay one a years salary ($100K) to leave quietly with confidentiality that she never work for the District even as a Sub. Having just arrived, the new Administrator (She) then bullied, harassed, degraded two other seasoned teacher [One 'District Teacher of the Year'; turning her attention to a 27 year Special Ed. Teacher. The bullying and harassment did not start until after fraudulently filing a 'False Evaluation' alleging incompetence [A teacher twice requested by the state to help allign curriculi state wide.]. Complaint stated administrator was incompetent to eval; as she never was in the classroom to observe the entire year; no feedback as required. Told to rewrite the eval by the District (for self-serving purposes), the administrator writes a conflicting report continuing to allege incompentence. In hindsight it was realized the District was targeting seniors close to retirement [Age Discrimination?, Conspiracy against rights? Deprivation of Right to work?].
Unfortunately, such things are much more common than you think - forcing out a seasoned teacher and getting a new one right out of school gives administrators teachers they can control easier, and save sometimes a third of their salary in the budget. And is very hard to prove and costly as well. Make sure the union is very aware and upset by this, and if you have to hire a local employment attorney who is familiar in dealing with public employees. The teachers will be opposed by the districts' school attorney and an employment attorney and they won't care about spending THAT money. Unfortunately as well, the younger teachers and the union are often bought off in such situations by the promise of another half percent raise or more protection for them after you're gone. Very dangerous situation for you and treat it accordingly, Id suggest finding that employment attorney immediately.
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