Lakota’s school board voted to pay a teacher it once wanted to fire $175,000 in a settlement that also dismisses the teacher’s federal lawsuit against the school system. Emilly Osterling, a former teacher of special needs students, will be allowed to retro-actively resign from the district in exchange for the money and dropping her lawsuit. Osterling contended she was targeted for advocating for trans-gender student rights.(File photo/Journal-News)

Former Lakota teacher who claimed she was targeted for transgender stance settles for $175K

Former teacher Emilly Osterling also will receive $175,000 from back pay starting last fall that includes a payment from Lakota’s insurance provider.

Osterling was on suspension since September 2018 from the Butler County school system after Lakota Board of Education members unanimously approved a resolution at that time stating their intention to fire her.

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Soon after the board’s resolution, Osterling filed a lawsuit in federal court against Lakota contending she had been targeted for her public advocacy for changing the district’s policies regarding transgender students.

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But after months of state-mandated mediation hearings and delays, the board and Osterling came to a settlement prior to Monday evening’s board meeting.

The school board voted 4-0, with member Lynda O’Connor absent.

Osterling told the Journal-News Tuesday the settlement prohibits her from commenting.

In a statement released by the school board, members said that “in order to resolve the outstanding litigation matters with Ms. Emilly Osterling, the board agreed to rescind the resolution to terminate Ms. Emilly Osterling in exchange for her resignation, dismissal of her grievance, and dismissal of the federal lawsuit. An additional payment ($100,000) was agreed to by the district’s insurance company in order to resolve the remaining claims.”

The Journal-News will continue to seek more information and reaction to this settlement.

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