The Rhinelander School District is facing a lawsuit against one of its own district administrators.
Assistant Superintendent Dave Wall claims the district has not been giving him the pay he was promised. Wall and his attorneys filed a lawsuit that states, starting in 2007, the school district agreed to give administrators including Wall, the James Williams Middle School Principal, Paul Johnson, and Crescent Elementary School Director of Curriculum, Theresa Maney, were supposed to get at least 3.8% raises each year or more, depending upon performance. It said this agreement remains valid until the individual is no longer employed by the district. The complaint claims the district has been in breach of Wall's contract ever since 2007 because it has not been following that agreement. It states he asked about the raises multiple times in 2012, but the district refused to compensate him.
Wall's attorney told NewsChannel 7 that this breach of contract has cost him about $100,000 and could cost him much more in retirement. The Wisconsin Retirement System bases its retirement benefits on an individual's three highest-earning years, which for Wall, have all fallen under this agreement.
Wall currently makes about $120,000, which is only about $1,000 more than he made in 2007.
Wall was not available for comment, but his attorney told NewsChannel 7 they are hoping for a quick resolution to this problem. He would not share how much money they would settle for, but said they believe, so far, Wall has been shorted about $100,000. He also told us Wall may not be the only administrator who has not been paid what they were promised.
The District's Superintendent, Kelli Jacobi, said the district did not want to talk, but did mention the case will be discussed at the school board meeting on March 17.
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