The Blaine County School District and former Human Resources Director Shannon Maza have settled out of court for a $125,000 payment, according to a separation agreement finalized by both parties last week.

     On Friday, Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes informed district staff that Maza’s employment had been terminated effective “immediately.” Maza, whose contract was not renewed by the trustees in May, was scheduled to leave the district when her current deal expired at the end of the month. (Though the agreement itself states that Maza’s deal expires in 2020, a signed employment contract provided by her attorney Fritz Haemmerle ends on June 30, 2019.)

     The announcement came three days after a 4-0 vote by the district’s board of trustees agreeing to a personnel separation agreement for an unnamed employee following a closed executive session Tuesday, June 11. (Trustee Rob Clayton abstained.)

     The agreement states that Maza’s employment ends June 11.

     Last week, Maza declined to comment on the agreement, referring the Idaho Mountain Express to Haemmerle.

     “I’m sworn to confidentiality on this one,” Haemmerle said Friday.

     The district, too, was prohibited from commenting further, spokeswoman Heather Crocker said.

     The “global settlement” covers both “employment related” and “non-employment related” matters between Maza and the district, according to documents obtained by the Idaho Mountain Express. Earlier this year, Maza notified the district of her intent to file two lawsuits against Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes earlier this year: one alleging slander stemming from a performance review on Jan. 29, 2019, and a second claiming “harassment and bullying” in response to three internal grievances Maza filed resulting from her independent investigations into possible inappropriate behavior at Wood River High School.

     Neither claim resulted in a court filing.

     Now, it looks like they never will. As part of the agreement, Maza agreed to drop all internal grievances, legal claims and filings with the Idaho Human Rights Commission related to the school district.

     In exchange, she’ll receive payment for the rest of June, plus all benefits, accrued time and paid vacation in addition to the lump sum. Between salary and benefits, Maza made $166,310 during the last 12 months, according to Crocker. 

     This story has been updated to correct an error in the original agreement obtained by the Idaho Mountain Express referring to the term of Maza's contract. For more on this story, check the Wednesday, June 19, edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.

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