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In 2013, the Farris School district was annexed into the Lane School district. Students from Farris began taking classes at the Lane Public School in March 2013.
As the Farris School district closed, Lane School Board agreed to receive all assets, financial, and legal obligations from the Farris School district.
Former superintendant, Wes Watson, and administrative assistant, Mariann Cannon requested compensation due their employment agreements for the 2012-2013 school year.
A judgement filed April 17, 2020, orders the Lane School District to pay the salary Watson and Cannon is owed.
Waston is owed $35,143.05 in yearly salary, $1,600 for the loss of a vehicle, and $3,835.62 is to be paid to the Oklahoma Teacher’s Retirement System on Watson’s behalf.
The total awarded Watson is $40,578.67. Mariann Cannon was awarded $8,758.76 in compensation. The judgement ordered Lane to pay $5,000 in attorney’s fees. The total amount the Lane School district is ordered to pay is $54,337.43.
Interest shall accrue on the amounts awarded herein upon entry of judgement at the post-justment legal rate (no more than 10%) and the judgement shall be paid pursuant to the requirements of Oklahoma State title 62, § 362.
It is unclear how the Lane School district will pay the money judgement. Court records of the proceedings do not outline a specific way the school district has to pay, nor when it has to be paid.
“We don’t yet know how the school district plans to payout on the judgement… if they have the funds in the budget they could pay that way, or it could be a cost the school district residents will absorb through taxes.” County Clerk Christie Henry commented.
County officials will not have the figures until the school district outlines their budget by October 1, 2020. It is then, when officials and residents will learn how the school district intends to pay the $54,337.43 and accrued interest.