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Sharon schools to pay former superintendent $750,000 for discrimination claim

Former superintendent of Sharon Public Schools Victoria Greer. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff


SHARON, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts superintendent will receive $750,000 to settle racial discrimination allegations that a suburban Boston public school committee retaliated against her by voting not to renew her contract just days after she complained of racial discrimination.

Victoria Greer was hired as the Sharon school district’s first Black woman superintendent in February 2017. She was also the first person of color to hold the role.

A statement from the committee and Greer’s lawyers said the committee will rescind and expunge the vote to not renew her contract, and agreed her contract ended “by mutually agreed-upon terms,” while in turn, the committee admits no wrongdoing, The Patriot Ledger reported Wednesday.

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Last year, Greer had nine months left in her contract when the committee voted to not renew it and placed her on leave during a closed-door meeting.

Greer filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, saying she was put on leave to discredit her for complaining about racism from committee members.

During Greer’s leave, the school committee paid her an additional $159,000 not to work. In total, the committee paid Greer at least $909,000, the newspaper said. The settlement will be paid by an an insurance company.

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