BCSC settles lawsuit with former teacher

Bartholomew Consolidated School Board has approved a settlement for a lawsuit filed against the school district after a former employee said he was wrongfully terminated because of his race and disability.

In 2012, former Columbus Signature Academy – Fodrea campus fifth grade teacher Terrence Preddie filed suit against BCSC on the basis that the district unfairly chose not to renew his contract in 2011 because he is black and diabetic.

A settlement in the suit was reached in the Southern Indiana U.S. District Court on Aug. 16, and the settlement was unanimously approved at Monday night’s school board meeting. However, both BCSC superintendent Jim Roberts and school board president Jill Shedd declined to reveal the details of the settlement, citing a non-disclosure agreement.

Multiple calls to the attorneys listed for both sides of the case were not returned, and a phone number listed for Preddie was disconnected.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.