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Former A3 Vice Principal to Sue District, Individuals

The Register Guard

The former vice principal of Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics, has filed notice that he intends to sue the Springfield School District for more than $6 million.

The Register Guard reports the tort claim notice was filed with the district on May 8th. It says Ed Mendelssohn also intends to sue A3, an employee of the district and a former school board member.

Mendelssohn claims his reputation was ruined, resulting in a loss of employment opportunities.

Springfield School District spokeswoman Jen McCulley told The Register Guard Mendelssohn was an employee of A3, not the district. She says the district “…disputes the claims alleged against it in the tort notice.”

Mendelssohn’s claims are related to comments allegedly made by district employees about whether he failed to report suspected child abuse by A3 Principal Mike Fisher early this year.

Fisher committed suicide on February 1st, one day after being placed on administrative leave. Police were investigating allegations that he’d sexually abused a former student for years, beginning when she was 14.

The Springfield School District is being sued by the female victim, who is now an adult.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
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