Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has agreed to pay former teacher Jeffrey Leardini $680,000 to settle a lawsuit that brought him a jury award of $1.1 million.
Leardini, a former sixth-grade teacher at Community House Middle School, contended he was improperly forced to resign in 2006, after five students accused him of improperly touching them. Criminal charges stemming from the incident were dismissed, and the jury that heard the civil case in February agreed that CMS acted improperly.
The settlement reduces the payment and ends CMS’ appeals, lawyers for both sides said Monday. CMS attorney George Battle III said it was worked out during mediation required as part of the appeals process, with the payment made late last week.