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April 8, 2014

New Castle Schools: Razzano resigns in settlement with district

NEW CASTLE — Robert Razzano has resigned from his position as New Castle Junior High School principal, effective yesterday.

The school board in an 8-0 vote ratified an agreement between Razzano and the district that ends his employment and allows him to collect his pay through the end of the year, an amount of $29,610.

Board member Barbara Razzano, his wife, did not attend last night’s committee of the whole meeting.

Razzano, entered into an agreement with the school district allegedly under threat of firing over alleged sexual harassment complaints.

A condition of the settlement is that he withdraw a lawsuit he had filed against the district in the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas on March 18. That lawsuit, which includes documents detailing the nature of the alleged complaints, must be withdrawn within seven days of final execution of the agreement.

Razzano’s lawsuit contests the manner in which the district was investigating allegations of a sexual harassment nature that were lodged against him by several coworkers.

Other terms of the settlement are:

•Razzano will collect $2,000 for his 80 accrued sick days.

•He will keep his health and retirement benefits through June 30.

•Razzano is precluded from filing future legal action against anyone affiliated with the district.

•His resignation requires him to return all keys to district buildings and all property of the district.

•The district, in return, will not place any evaluation or evaluation results in Razzano’s personnel file regarding his employment performance for the 2013-14 school year.

•The district will respond to inquiries from any prospective employers of Razzano by reciting the period of time when he was employed by the district and saying only that he left voluntarily for personal reasons.

•The district will be responsible for all standard payroll deductions including federal, state or local taxes and Social Security.

•In the event that Razzano applies for unemployment compensation, the district will not contest it but will answer inquiries truthfully.

•The agreement shall not be construed as an admission by the district or Razzano of any fault, liability or wrongdoing or any violation of federal, state and local laws.

 

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