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Eugene 4J School Board and board member receive tort claim

Eugene 4J Schools

A tumultuous year continues at the Eugene 4J School District. Employee Sheri Hoyland has filed a tort claim against the school board and board member Laural O’Rourke.

Sheri Hoyland leads the district’s Behavioral Health Assessment Team. According to KEZI, in the claim filed on June 10th, Hoyland alleges O’Rourke assailed her character in social media posts beginning in mid-March, and the harassment and intimidation has interfered with her work.

A tort claim acts as notice that a lawsuit may be filed. In a statement, Kerry Delf with the Eugene 4J School District acknowledged receipt of the tort claim, and said it’s their practice not to comment on pending litigation.

The board filled two seats in May after two members resigned. The board chose finalists for the superintendent position six weeks ago. Late Wednesday, the board announced it will have a special meeting Thursday evening to decide on a superintendent.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.