Former Florence County superintendent sues school district for severance pay

Former superintendent sues FSD4

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Former Florence County School District Four Superintendent Rechel Anderson is suing her former employer, alleging the school district failed to pay her severance pay following her termination.

The lawsuit, filed on Aug. 1, 2018, lists state Superintendent of Education Molly M. Spearman, the South Carolina Department of Education and Florence School District Four as defendants.

Anderson alleges she entered into a professional employment agreement with the school district for three years, from Dec. 31, 2017 until Dec. 31, 2020, with an annual salary of $115,000.

On May 8, 2018, Spearman announced she was terminating Anderson’s employment, effective June 30, 2018, the lawsuit states.

“Under the terms of her Employment Agreement, as a result of this unilateral termination, Plaintiff (Anderson) is entitled to severance pay of one year’s salary, or $115,000,” the court filing states, in part.

In addition to the $115,000, Anderson is also seeking compensation for “reasonable attorneys’ fees, for the costs and expenses of this action, and for such other and further relief as a court and jury may reward,” according to the lawsuit.

In a court filing on Oct. 5, 2018, Florence School District Four answered Anderson’s complaint, saying it can only be sued on the provisions of the South Carolina Tort Claims Act, which the district alleges bars Anderson’s claims.

On the same day Anderson was terminated, Spearman announced that she and the South Carolina Department of Education were taking over the decisions of FSD4 because of the financial instability of the district, according to the district’s court filing.

You can read Anderson’s lawsuit in its entirety below.

The district’s response to the lawsuit is below.

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