Dallas School District Agrees To Pay $75K For Teacher’s Resignation

January 31, 2019

The Dallas School District agreed to pay a fired teacher $75,000 in exchange for his resignation.

The district in May appealed an arbitration ruling to reinstate Scott Zedar, a high school technology teacher terminated two years ago, and pay him back lost wages.

The district fired Scott Zedar in February 2017 for not disclosing a 2009 resignation deal with the Wyoming Valley West School District and allegations he made sexually inappropriate comments to a female student at Wyoming Valley West High School, according to a court filing.

The Citizens’ Voice filed an open records request to obtain a copy of the $75,000 settlement agreement approved by the school board in November. The district agreed to expunge from Zedar’s personnel file “any other document whatsoever relating to” his termination or any investigation the district undertook regarding Zedar.

The district agreed it won’t disclose the reasons, background or nature of Zedar’s “separation of employment except to confirm the start and end dates” of his employment and state that he resigned for personal reasons if the district receives “an inquiry from a potential employer.”

The district also agreed that documents relating from Zedar’s employment won’t be released without Zedar’s “document-specific consent, unless required by court order, subpoena, or other legal obligation after reasonable notice has been given to Mr. Zedar.”

Dallas hired Zedar in 2012, and the school board voted to fire him in February 2017. His annual salary was $39,818.

The teachers union contested the termination by filing a grievance, and arbitrator Debra K. Wallet ruled on the grievance April 20 with an order to reinstate him with back pay. The district filed an appeal of that ruling in Luzerne County Court.

Zedar did not respond to a message seeking comment. Union President Michael Cherinka Jr. declined comment.

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