Reports of Settlement in LA Unified Case “Premature”

Photo by the Los Angeles Times.

Reports that a settlement had been reached between the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education and Scot Graham were “premature,” according to Graham’s attorneys.

Last week, the school system announced that the Board of Education had approved paying $200,000 and providing lifetime benefits to Graham, a senior manager in the facilities division. In exchange, Graham agreed to resign as of May 31, the district said.

During a briefing with invited reporters, district officials had acknowledged that they could not confirm that the agreement had been signed, but they said they anticipated no delays.

That optimism was premature, according to attorneys representing Graham, the district’s director of leasing and asset management. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2012.

Graham’s attorneys are not satisfied with the amount of the settlement or with the district’s version of the timeline of events. Graham was placed on paid leave this week, with an expected employment termination date of May 31.