Liberty-Benton School District has paid nearly $70,000 in legal fees during its effort to fire teacher Mark Badertscher, and the case is not over.
A Hancock County judge last month reinstated Badertscher, ruling the school board failed to prove it had good cause for the firing. The school district owes Badertscher two years of back pay and benefits, according to the decision.
During a 7 a.m. special meeting today, school board members intend to start an appeal of the judge’s ruling, Superintendent Jim Kanable said.
The school district’s attorney fees as of July 7 were $69,660. They were paid from the district’s general fund. The figure was disclosed Monday after a June 23 records request from The Courier.
The district’s legal costs for the appeal will be mostly covered by an insurance company, Kanable said.
The potential bill for Badertscher’s back pay and benefits cannot be determined yet, said Lisa Dobbins, treasurer for the school district.
At this point, a figure would be “merely speculative,” she said.
Courier reporter Ryan Dunn will have more on Tuesday.