Superintendent With $1M Payout Wants More Money

Terry Thompson Files Counterclaim Against District

A former school superintendent under fire for his $1 million retirement payout is claiming Wayne Township Schools owe him even more money.

In a counterclaim filed by his attorneys Wednesday, Terry Thompson said the district breached his 2007 employment contract by prematurely ending his superintendent emeritus consulting job on Jan. 31, 2011, once Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney broke the news of the payout.

Thompson claims the district still owes him for unpaid salary, post-retirement contributions, deferred compensation and severance pay, but the claim does not give an exact dollar figure.

Thompson also takes aim at the school board's "multiple shortcomings" and accuses members of not reading his contracts before signing them.

"Any high school student in the Wayne Township district is old enough and wise enough to tell the board that, one, you read legal contracts before you sign them; two, you do not sign contracts that have terms you do not understand, and three, if you enter into an agreement, you honor it," the filing reads. "If any individual board member did not understand a particular provision, all that member needed to do was consult with the school board's attorney."

Thompson also blasts the school district for spending more than $400,000 on attorney fees for an "ill brought lawsuit."

The former Indiana Superintendent of the Year asked also accused his former school district of violating Indiana wage laws and requested the court award him damages.

When contacted for a response Wednesday afternoon, the school district's attorney, Linda Pence, told RTV6 that she did not have a copy of the counterclaim.

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