Rhinelander School Administrator Retires Following Salary Lawsuit

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The School District of Rhinelander said in an email to NewsChannel 7 Monday, an agreement had been reached with one of its district administrators following a lawsuit earlier this year.

Assistant Superintendent Dave Wall claimed the district has not been giving him the pay he was promised. Wall and his attorneys filed a lawsuit stating that 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, at least 3.8 percent raises each year or more, depending upon performance. It said this agreement remained valid until the individual was 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.

Monday, Wall, the Assistant Superintendent said he would retire at the end of his 2013-2014 contract on June 30, 2014. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In March, 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.

At the time the suit was filed, Wall made $120,000, which is only about $1,000 more than he made in 2007.

Wall attorney told NewsChannel 7 in March, 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.

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