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Suit against Bloomer school district settled

posted Feb. 17, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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Two former aides in the Bloomer school district have settled their lawsuits against the district.

Jondrea Metcalf, 1104 18th Ave., Bloomer, filed suit against the district, Superintendentt Mary Randall and principal Josh Hartman in Chippewa County Court in February 2016, and Kaleena Vetterkind, E8590 595th Ave., Elk Mound, filed a nearly identical suit in Chippewa County Court in April. Both suits were later moved to federal court.

The cases involved claims relating to the termination of their employment in 2015, including claims of retaliation due to the exercise of their right to free speech, according to a release from the school district. Their allegations also included claims about alleged abuse and neglect. The school district denied the claims.

According to the settlement agreement, the district’s insurer will pay each woman $90,000. Of that amount, $45,000 is for compensatory damages, and the remainder is for the cost of the litigation and attorney’s fees.

Metcalf and Vetterkind waive their rights to future employment in the school district as part of the agreement, and the district acknowledges no wrong doing in either case.