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I thought that Wayne Kruse said he would plead guilty if the school district continued to pay him while he was taking off for the trouble he is in. So, my question: Why didn't he plead guilty, and why are there going to be other court dates?

Kruse offered not to contest his firing if USD 497 agreed to pay him through June 30, the end of the district's fiscal year. He did not offer to plead guilty.

The Lawrence school board accepted Kruse's offer April 11 after it realizing the costs of assuring him due process were likely to exceed the remaining three months of Kruse's salary - about $9,300 before taxes. The agreement did not affect prosecutors' decision to file criminal charges against Kruse. Kruse is accused of stealing more than $25,000 in Lawrence teachers union dues owed to the Kansas National Education Assn. He pleaded not guilty at the conclusion of a May 10 preliminary hearing.

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