The Leon County School Board is set to vote this Monday on a $100,000 settlement with former superintendent Jackie Pons.
The legal dispute is related to a Board policy that Pons believes required LCS to hire him as a principal after he lost his re-election bid in 2016 to Rocky Hanna.
Board Policy 1430 states that “Any employee of the Board who is elected or appointed to the office of the Board or the office of the Superintendent shall be on an unpaid leave of absence from his/her current position for the duration of his/her service in office. Individuals serving in office shall retain the right to return to a position comparable to that held prior to serving in office. Return is subject to certification requirements.”
But the school board voted not to rehire Pons based on the fact that he was not an employee when the policy was adopted.
Reports indicate that Pons was seeking nearly $700,000 if the employment dispute couldn’t be resolved through mediation.
The settlement prohibits Pons from applying or seeking future employment with the Leon County School Board or the Leon County School system or the Leon County School District.
Under the agreement Pons could still run for superintendent in 2020.
Superintendent Rocky Hanna told the Tallahassee Democrat that “Mr. Pons and his attorney played the always popular lawsuit game. He threatened to sue the Leon County School Board for $700,000 and force our insurance company to make a business decision. If it was up to me, I would not give him a penny. I have zero respect for people who file frivolous lawsuits against our public school system at the expense of our children.”