Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Green Local School Board will meet for a special meeting on May 1 to discuss pending litigation from a wrongful termination suit.
Former school maintenance worker Curtis Tackett has been been employed at the school for nearly 20 years, according to his attorney Richard Wolfson. His employment was terminated May 31, 2012, and this month filed a wrongful termination suit against the school.
“He came to my office having received a series of letters. The first had to do with health concerns, and they were placing him on administrative family medical leave act because he had had some health concerns. Then they sent him another letter that they were having a reduction in force — a job reduction — and so his position was going to be terminated because of budget concerns. Finally, he got a letter alleging that he had stolen school property and converted it for his personal use,” Wolfson said.
He said for almost 20 years the school has allowed Tackett to scrap items from the school and Wolfson alleges that the school used one of those incidents as a reason to terminate his employment without benefits.
“One of the things that pains him (Tackett) now is that he feels he can’t go back to his 50 -year high school reunion that’s at Green because of all the things that’s gone on, because they actually banned him from being on the property,” Wolfson said.
Wolfson said before this, Tackett had an exemplary record with no disciplinary action. His suit against the school asks for the pay he lost from hours of work and accrued vacation he was denied. The suit also seeks for additional damages for emotional distress caused to him and his wife, Wolfson said, and punitive damages.
“He probably has somewhere around $50,000 in compensatory back-pay due him. We’re asking for an equal amount for emotional distress and we’re asking for punitive damages in the amount of three times that,” Wolfson said.
The school would not comment on their reasons for Tackett’s termination, or the pending litigation, until they meet for their special meeting at 5 p.m. on May 1, in the Green High School Library, located at 4057 Gallia Pike in Franklin Furnace. During the meeting the board will also discuss improving a capital improvement project.
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