Status of Lawsuits

STSD Statement Regarding the Status of Lawsuits related to Dr. Kegerise


 As of May 18, 2017
 
In the interest of community understanding, the Board of School Directors for Susquehanna Township School District would like to clarify the status of the legal cases in which the school district is involved related to Dr. Susan Kegerise.

The first case is a federal lawsuit that Dr. Kegerise filed against the District on April 17, 2014. This case is still working through the court system, and we do not yet have a formal timetable for the resolution of this action. 

The second case is the mandamus action that Dr. Kegerise filed seeking reinstatement as Superintendent of the Susquehanna Township School District. On November 5, 2014, Judge William T. Tully of the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County issued an order granting Dr. Kegerise a Writ of Mandamus and returning her to work. The school district appealed this reinstatement. 

On February 9, 2015, Judge Tully assisted in the creation of a Consent Order that the Board agreed to be a fair solution to both parties. A key component to that Order is that Dr. Kegerise will no longer seek to reinstate herself as the superintendent while there is an outstanding and unresolved appeal of this matter. On the District’s side, the Board agreed to pay her $100,000 as partial compensation for back wages in the event the court rules in her favor. To receive this money, Dr. Kegerise provided a bond to ensure that it will be returned to the School District if an appellate court finds in the District’s favor. 

On September 13, 2016, the Commonwealth Court affirmed Judge Tully’s November 5, 2014 decision. On May 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania exercised its discretion by electing to review the Commonwealth Court’s decision. There is no formal timetable for the Supreme Court’s decision on this matter.

As mentioned above, the District and Dr. Kegerise previously agreed to a February 9, 2016 Consent Order. Per the terms of the order, Dr. Kegerise agreed to stay the November 5, 2014 order issued by Judge Tully reinstating her as Superintendent of Susquehanna Township School District. This means Dr. Kegerise will not return to the superintendent position until the complete conclusion of this matter, including the District’s appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The School Board and District will continue to make every effort to minimize the impact and disruption to our students and staff as a result of this ongoing litigation.

This information represents the status as the Board of School Directors knows it today. As with any legal proceeding, there is potential for change in this status through the actions of the court, the School District, or Dr. Kegerise.

Respectfully submitted,

John Dietrich, President
Susquehanna Township Board of School Directors