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Court Tosses Ex-Poughkeepsie Schools Chief's Suit Against District

Retired Poughkeepsie schools chief Dr. Laval S. Wilson lost his bid to collect $20,240 Wednesday after a state Supreme Court judge dismissed his lawsuit against the district.
Retired Poughkeepsie schools chief Dr. Laval S. Wilson lost his bid to collect $20,240 Wednesday after a state Supreme Court judge dismissed his lawsuit against the district. Photo Credit: aasa.org

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A state Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of the Poughkeepsie City School District, saying that it was in the right in a contract dispute with a former superintendent, according to a report by The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Dr. Laval S. Wilson, who retired in 2013 after nearly seven years at the helm of the city’s schools, sued the district claiming it owed him $20,240 for 37 unused vacation days, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

The district argued that Wilson’s contract clearly states that employees cannot squirrel away more than 15 such days and the judge agreed, dismissing Wilson’s suit, The Poughkeepsie Journal said, citing information from the New York State Law Reporting Bureau.

Dr. Nicole Williams had been appointed in 2013 to replace Wilson.

She came to the district from the St. Louis public schools system where she was the senior deputy superintendent for academic services and its chief academic officer.

Her appointment was effective July 1, 2013 and her annual salary then was $182,000.

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