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Trustees approve lawsuit settlement

by Dolores Hamilton
The Iowa Park CISD Board of Trustees met in special session last Wednesday and voted to approve the resolution of a lawsuit brought by Roxanne Jones, whose 14-year-old son T.G. committed suicide on Oct. 26, 2014.
Jones claimed the school district did nothing to prevent the bullying and discrimination that led to her son’s death. The school district disputed many of the claims in the lawsuit.
While factual disputes remain between the parties, the parent of the student and the school district’s insurance carrier reached an agreement to dispose of the matter and to put the issues behind them. The Board approved the agreement and reiterated its longstanding commitment to the school, parents and community of Iowa Park.
Superintendent Steve Moody stated, “It is expressly understood that under no circumstance is this to be construed as admission of liability or any wrongdoing by the district.” Moody reaffirmed the settlement was a reached agreement between the parent and the school district’s insurance carrier.
“In resolving this matter, Iowa Park CISD will move forward with our core business - teaching and learning. We are committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience for our students.” Moody continued, “We will continue to provide a school experience in a safe environment that will prepare our students to attain their life goals. The school and community place the education of their children as a top priority and we will continue to work together to afford an excellent education for all students.”
In other business, trustees hired Scott Boswell as a high school teacher and coach, and Tommy Chaney to teach high school math.