Editors note: an earlier version of this story has been edited for the purposes of clarification. A passage which read: “These resignations come in the wake of a new lawsuit filed against the district…” has been rephrased to clearly note that the resignations of the administrators were not necessarily linked to a lawsuit filed against the district.
Three North Kitsap School District administrators tendered their resignations this month, as the district faces another lawsuit alleging sexual assault of a special needs student on a district bus.
Transportation Director Jeff McGarvey and Director of Facilities William Wilson have tendered their resignations effective Jan. 17 and Jan. 31 respectively. Additionally, Courtney O’Catherine, the district’s assistant director of special education, has also tendered her resignation. O’Catherine’s resignation will become effective June, 30.
Wilson’s resignation letter was the only one that offered any insight into the reason behind his departure. According to the letter, he has accepted a position with the Durango 9R School District in Colorado.
These resignations come at a time when the district is feeling the sting of a new lawsuit alleging the sexual assault of a student with cognitive and physical disabilities by another student on a special needs bus. According to a release from Friedman Rubin, the law group tapped on behalf of the victim’s family, the alleged offending student was placed on the special needs bus after exhibiting aggressive behavior with other students on a regular service bus.
In November, the district settled a $5 million lawsuit with three families who alleged their children had been victims of sexual assault and rape at the hands of another student aboard a district special needs bus five years ago. In that instance, the offending student was also placed on a special needs bus following aggressive behavior on regular district buses.