School District of Clay County
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Superintendent's Conference Room 900 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs SPECIAL MEETING - 4:00 a.m.
October 10, 2012 Special Meeting
Agenda Item #2

Item Title
Settlement of Civil Rights Claim of Patrick Capriola

Patrick Capriola filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Clay County and Linda Turner alleging violations of his civil rights by the imposition of religious beliefs and political ideology on him by his supervisor.  Additionally, he pled violation of his rights by retaliation against him for his stand on the rights of ESE students and for bringing his civil rights claim.  All alleged violations have been cured.  At mediation Plaintiff's attorneys made a claim for attorney's fees in excess of $75,000.00.  Any damages claimed by Capriola were disputed and unproved.  The parties agreed to settle all claims against both Turner and the School Board for a total of $75,000.00 with no admission of guilt.  Mediation was attended by Carol Studdard, Toni McCabe, Linda Turner, Attorney Tim Strong, Attorney Bruce Bickner, Attorney Michael Grogan and adjuster David Standish, all on behalf of the Defendants.

Recommended Action
Approve settlement as submitted.

Financial Impact

Submitted By
Bruce Bickner, School Board Attorney