Fuzzie settlement

The Mansfield City Schools board of education has authorized a settlement agreement with former high school assistant principal Fuzzie Davis. Richland County Common Pleas Court Judge Brent Robinson ruled in May that Davis was wrongfully terminated. 

MANSFIELD -- After months of lengthy executive sessions, the Mansfield City Schools board of education authorized a settlement agreement with Fuzzie Davis at its Tuesday night meeting.

Board members did not comment on the terms of the settlement or whether Davis would be returning to the district, or the details of the settlement.

Davis, the former assistant principal at Mansfield Senior High School, sued the district in March 2019. The lawsuit came four months after referee R. Lee Shepherd ruled she had been wrongfully terminated

In May, Judge Brent Robinson of the Richland County Common Pleas Court ordered the Mansfield City School District to reinstate Davis and "make full restitution for all lost past and future wages and benefits from the date of her unpaid suspension.”

Davis’ termination was based on claims by district officials that she didn't properly report a sexually explicit conversation between a teacher and a student in January 2018.

The board also:

-- Approved a “change of assignment” for 42 district employees from in-person roles to the Tyger Digital Academy. The transfers included 12 elementary teachers, 13 middle school teachers, five high school teachers and 12 intervention specialists. Supt. Stan Jefferson said that there are over one thousand students enrolled in the Tyger Digital Academy across the district.

-- Approved new staff appointments including two teachers and two digital instructors for the Spanish Immersion elementary, a teacher and intervention specialist for Mansfield Senior High and two second-shift district custodians.

-- Approved various contracts related to services for students with special needs and professional development. 

-- Authorized volunteers from UMADAOP and Mansfield Lions Club to deliver breakfast and lunch to Tyger Digital Academy students.

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Staff reporter focused on education and features. Clear Fork alumna. Always looking for a chance to practice my Spanish. You can reach me at katie.ellington@richlandsource.com