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School board to negotiate settlement with ex-Cardinal Valley principal

Former Cardinal Valley Elementary School Principal Ivonne Beegle in 2010.
Former Cardinal Valley Elementary School Principal Ivonne Beegle in 2010. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The Fayette County Public Schools board voted Thursday to have legal counsel negotiate a settlement with the former principal of Cardinal Valley Elementary School.

Ivonne Beegle filed a lawsuit against the district in 2013.

The vote at a special meeting came after a closed session. Board members did not elaborate on their decision.

Beegle has said she was asked in 2012 to resign or be fired. She alleged in a court document that she was retaliated against because she complained about unequal treatment of her and Hispanic students.

Beegle, who became principal in the 2007-2008 school year, said in a document in her lawsuit that at one point she was told by a supervisor, “Do not complain. No one cares about those Mexican kids with a bunch of illegal parents.”

Beegle, a native of Nicaragua, said she made numerous complaints about illegality, mismanagement and discrimination while she was at Cardinal Valley.

After her resignation, Beegle filed a lawsuit in 2013 asking for lost wages and benefits, damages for emotional distress, and attorney’s fees.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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