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District settles with ex-principal

March 13, 2008

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Former Baldwin High School principal Allen Poplin will be paid $42,000 as part of a lawsuit settlement he reached with Baldwin school district.

After his contract was not renewed three years ago, Poplin filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million. In the suit, he claimed discrimination, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as invasion of privacy.

The Baldwin school board approved the settlement, 5-0, at Monday's meeting. Two board members were absent. The district's insurance company, AMCO, and the school district each will pay $21,000 to the former principal. The settlement states the district denies any liability in Poplin's claims.

"It's a good deal for the district," said Bob Bezek, the district's attorney. "When he's come down from $1.2 million to basically $21,000 to the district, that's good."

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