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Fired principal settles with Portage Township Schools

Updated: April 28, 2014 10:17AM



Portage Township Schools has reached a settlement with the former principal of Crisman Elementary who claimed the district fired her because of her age and sex.

Attorneys for the plaintiff, Linda Kuss, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond a motion to dismiss her lawsuit, saying both sides had reached an “amicable settlement.”

Representatives for Kuss and the school district could not be reached for comment, and no details about the settlement were available.

Kuss, who served as principal at Crisman for 20 years, sued Portage schools in October 2012, saying problems first arose after she had to go on a medical leave in 2010 because of an injury. Scott Hufford, who was then the assistant principal at Fegley Middle School, acted as the interim principal while she was gone.

When she alerted the district she was preparing to come back to work in April 2010, she was told Hufford’s replacement was then permanent and that she was being moved to the Portage Adult Education Center.

The center shut down soon afterward, however, and the district told her it would not renew her contract, despite her request to be appointed principal at Fegley, whose principal was retiring.

The district instead promoted Philip Misecko to the position.



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