Collinsville CUSD 10 answers teacher's breach of contract suit

Amelia Flood Dec. 7, 2009, 10:30am

Defendants and counterclaimants in a long-running dispute between a reading teacher and Collinsville CUSD 10 board of education have filed their latest answers in a Madison County breach of contract suit.

A case management conference is set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16 before Circuit Judge David Hylla.

The litigation began several years ago when Eastby filed a federal suit against the Collinsville district for alleged discrimination and the violation of her First Amendment rights.

She filed a second federal complaint for retaliatory discharge. The pending Madison County suit stems from what Eastby claims is the school board's failure to live up to the terms of a settlement the parties reached.

In a Nov. 25 answer to Eastby's complaint, the school district and board admit to the factual allegations in the case such as where Eastby is currently assigned. The defendants deny Eastby's other claims and contend that she did not enter into the settlement in good faith as evidenced by her conduct during the settlement negotiations and that she did not meet her obligations that were laid out in the settlement.

The district has a countersuit also pending against Eastby.

Eastby seeks damages of at least $150,000 and costs.

The defendants seek at least $100,000 and costs.

Eastby is represented by Greg Roosevelt.

The defendants are represented by Christi Flaherty.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-137.

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