School Board considers lawsuit settlement

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The Luther Board of Education agenda calls for an Executive Session at the end of Monday’s meeting likely to consider a settlement offer by ARC Architecture of Norman who sued the district in April over a nearly $18,000 bill to bid a new roof on the auditorium.

Click here for the article about the lawsuit. 

Superintendent Sheldon Buxton told the Board then that he did not know he was obligating the district to payment when ARC was called to look at the leaky roof. He said the the roof job was contingent on the outcome of the bond election a year ago. The bond soundly failed.

According to lawsuit, signed contract between Plaintiff ARC Architecture and Supt. Buxton.
According to lawsuit, signed contract between Plaintiff ARC Architecture and Supt. Buxton.

ARC included in its lawsuit filing signed contracts that say otherwise.

Following the executive session, the board, in open session will vote on whether to “accept or reject settlement offer as presented by ARC or to make counter offer of settlement.”

Pending a settlement, the case is set for a one day trial on January 18, 2017, at Oklahoma County District Court.

Also, the school board tonight will discuss its financial woes as the agenda documents show the district has $72,306 in the bank, with bills (outstanding warrants) of $180,000. They will also consider approving a budget for next year based in part on projected revenue from ad valorem taxes and funding from the state that is projected to be cut further based on State Treasurer’s projections of state tax revenues.

Other reports of the meeting will include the Superintendent’s analysis  on the recent school report card and a school safety update.

The Luther Register will broadcast the meeting on Periscope – Luther Register


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One Comment

  1. I routinely secure roofing bids for a living. If there was no prior agreement in place upon the performed roof inspection between the township and that of the inspecting party, this appears to be complete nonsense.

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