Highlands pays $31K settlement to former teacher | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

Highlands pays $31K settlement to former teacher

Brian C. Rittmeyer
File photo
Highlands High School.

The Highlands School District is paying a former teacher more than $30,000 as part of a settlement and release agreement.

The school district released the agreement with Andrew B. Kotyk on Thursday. The school board had approved it in March.

The school district refused to release the agreement when it was approved.

The Tribune-Review filed a Right to Know request for the agreement, which the district granted Thursday.

Kotyk was a full-time special education teacher at Highlands High School. He was hired in March 2005.

District Solicitor Ira Weiss confirmed Kotyk was the previously unidentified employee the school board put on unpaid leave in February.

District officials have not said why Kotyk was placed on leave. He resigned from his position effective March 18. His salary in the current school year was $64,310.

Kotyk could not be reached for comment Friday.

The payment to Kotyk under the settlement totals about $31,202. It consists of the pro-rated balance of his salary, about $26,475, and a health insurance benefit waiver of about $4,727.

Kotyk agreed to return any district property in his possession.

The district confirmed that he was employed from March 2005, until March 18 , when he resigned for “personal reasons.”

“No information regarding Mr. Kotyk’s employment with the district other than the above will be provided by the district to any potential employer or other interested party unless required by statue, regulation, order of court or pursuant to a lawful subpoena,” the agreement states.

The agreement states that no documents from Kotyk’s personnel file “or any documents whatsoever relating to Mr. Kotyk’s employment with the district shall be released to any prospective employer” without Kotyk’s request or as required by law.

Kotyk will not get a rating for the current school year.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.