Investigation Leads To Settlement Agreement

A paraprofessional with the Jamestown Public Schools District accused of “misconduct that was in violation of district policies” has resigned.

JPS and Karen Brown, who had worked at Fletcher Elementary School, agreed to terms in a settlement agreement that required her resignation.

Brown’s resignation and the settlement agreement was approved by the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education July 2.

Paraprofessionals assist teachers in the classroom.

Brown denied the charges placed against her by the school district, according to the agreement obtained Tuesday by The Post-Journal through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request.

Charges raised by the school district against Brown will not be pursued, in accordance to the agreement.

Brown is set to receive two weeks pay for the first pay period in June following her resignation. Brown was represented by the Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals.

The agreement revealed JPS conducted an investigation into “various matters” involving Brown.

Following an investigation, the agreement states the school district “determined that (Brown) engaged in misconduct that was in violation of district policies.”

The district then drafted, approved and served charges in accordance to Civil Service Law 75 against Brown.

Both parties agreed to resolve the charges on “acceptable” terms in order to “eliminate the time, expenses and resources of ongoing and/or protracted litigation.”

With the agreement, the charges pursuant to Civil Service Law 75 will not be pursued any further by the district.

The agreement stipulated that Brown submits a letter of resignation dated May 24, 2019.

“I hereby irrevocably resign my employment with the Jamestown Public School District effective May 24, 2019,” Brown’s resignation letter read.

The board approved the agreement, then referred to as the “separation agreement,” at its July 2 regular meeting.

Dr. Bret Apthorpe, superintendent of JPS, said he could not comment on a personnel matter regarding the agreement and Brown’s resignation.

The settlement agreement was sent via email by the school district following the FOIL request submitted by The Post Journal on July 1.