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Former Moon Area superintendent fights on in federal court

September 19, 2018

Highlands School District is proposing employee furloughs, a reconfiguration of buildings and a tax increase to stave off a $6 million budget deficit.

Former Moon Area School District Superintendent Curtis Baker’s longstanding legal battle with his former employer appears poised to continue as a new school year begins.

Baker was hired in Moon Area at the start of the 2013-14 school year. He sued the school district in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh claiming the district violated his due process rights and committed a breach of contract when he was placed on administrative leave after a new school board took office in December 2015.

In July, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan, acting on a motion from the school district, recommended the case be dismissed.

But Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bisson ruled the proceedings could continue, provided Baker files an amended complaint by Sept. 7.

Baker’s lawyer, Mark Schwartz, said the former Moon superintendent plans to continue his battle.

Lawyers for the school district did not immediately return a call for comment.

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