A lawsuit against Albany County School District No. 1 filed last year has been settled, Superintendent Jubal Yennie confirmed.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court on April 18, both ACSD No. 1 and the plaintiff, a former Albany County resident, filed for the lawsuit to be dismissed with prejudice – meaning the lawsuit is permanently dismissed and can’t be brought back to court.

In the lawsuit filed in February 2017, the school district and three employees were accused of failing to prevent the alleged sexual harassment of a former Harmony Elementary School student by another student, which the lawsuit claims eventually led to sexual assault.

The lawsuits against the three ACSD No. 1 employees, former Director of Transportation Jeff Lewis, Director of Transportation Randy Wilkinson and Teacher Susan Taucher, were dismissed in U.S. District Court in May 2017.

In the order to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote that while the school employees’ inaction was troubling, the former Albany County resident and her attorneys failed to demonstrate in any of the cases that the defendants played a part in creating or increasing danger to the girl or placing her in the way of danger.

In the documents filed April 18, no details of any settlement were included.


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