Former Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Wins Arbitration
Saturday, December, 24, 2016
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District superintendent fired for incompetence two years ago has won his arbitration bid. The opinion from the arbitrator stated the school district must pay former superintendent Pete Lewis more than $88,000 in damages, according to the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.
According to the arbitrator, the board gave Lewis a complimentary performance review, but disagreed on his judgment calls, which was not enough reason to terminate him for incompetence. The school district must now pay Lewis a settlement, as well as his attorneys’ fees of nearly $100,000 and the arbitration cost of $86,000. School board members stated insurance will cover part of these penalties.
The school board terminated Lewis following sexual misconduct allegations that involved students and school employees. According to school officials, Lewis ignored signs of grooming behavior and did not realize students were at risk within the school system. The accusations stem from an incident at Hutchison High School involving a tutor having sex with a minor student on campus. That case is scheduled to go to trial this December.