Status of Lawsuits
STSD Statement Regarding the Status of Lawsuits related to Dr. Kegerise
As of September 16, 2016
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 while we do not yet have a formal timetable, the Board anticipates the process will take roughly 24-30 months from the amended February 2015 filing.
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 to the Commonwealth Court.
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. The District has authorized the filing of a Petition for Reconsideration by the Commonwealth Court.
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 all appeals and actions such as the current Petition for Reconsideration.
Therefore, Dr. Tod Kline will continue as the Superintendent of the Susquehanna Township School District for the foreseeable future, and the School Board and District will continue to take steps 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.
John Dietrich, President
Susquehanna Township Board of School Directors