Former John Hopkins Middle School principal Maureen Thornton would be reimbursed for part of a suspension already served - and withdraw her request for an administrative hearing - under a proposed settlement set for a School Board vote Tuesday.
Under the proposal, Thornton's 45-day suspension would be officially shortened to 30 days, and she would be paid the difference. That would cost the district $5,306 in salary and benefits but save it potentially thousands of dollars in legal costs.
The proposal has been signed by both Thornton and superintendent Julie Janssen. It also says this: "Ms. Thornton acknowledges the allegations that she violated numerous school board policies and procedures ... but denies the allegations or (sic) that she purposefully abused her position as principal of John Hopkins Middle School."
Thornton was removed from her job in December, and a subsequent investigation led district officials to conclude she had used her position for personal gain and had engaged in unauthorized use of school property. The school board voted for the 45-day suspension in April. Janssen did not renew Thornton's contract.
School Board attorney Jim Robinson said the move saves money and staff time and "avoids the mild uncertainty associated with an administrative hearing," he said.
Thornton's attorney, John Trevena, declined to comment.