Liverpool: Suit settled

Mangicaro said he believed that the real catalyst was a recent court decision in his lawsuit against the district in which a judge ordered the district to allow Ladd to come back to work and dismiss all charges against her.

When asked if he thought it was coincidence that the settlement came just a month before Matousek is to retire, he simply said, "No, I don't."

But new board President Patricia Mouton disagreed.

"This is complete coincidence," Mouton said. "This settlement has been in the works for quite some time."

The timing notwithstanding, both sides are eager to get back to the business of educating children.

"I think this means that the district will keep moving forward," Mouton said.

"We are making every effort to wield a steady course, perhaps even marking improvement in several areas. We have the staff to accomplish this improvement and to monitor its progress."

Mangicaro said he will be working closely with Mark Potter, who filled in as acting athletic director during his suspension, on the upcoming stadium renovation.

"Several meetings are scheduled with Mark, myself and other support staff to make sure everything is up to the highest standards," Mangicaro said. "As part of the agreement, I asked to keep Mark Potter as the lead agent on the stadium project. This will enable us to keep moving forward and get the stadium fixed ASAP."

Potter will continue to work for the district even after the project is completed, having been originally hired as director of secondary education but serving as athletic director during Mangicaro's absence. In addition, Scott Krell, who filled Ladd's position, has been appointed as a principal on special assignment. Mouton said he will serve as a curriculum mapping coordinator, as a support administrator during the renovation of Liverpool Elementary and Liverpool Middle School and as a coordinator of seven through 12 business and technology.

Mangicaro, while glad to get back to work, did indicate that there was still some tension.

"Mark Lawson needs to go," he said. "He jumped on Jan's band wagon without attempting to hear both side of the issues The district has had no leadership from the BOE presidents for the past six to seven years. The only time there was any leadership is when Dave Savlov took over in October and November of 2008."

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