LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — The Long Branch school district will pay $600,000 to settle a former secretary’s claims of sexual misconduct against a former district superintendent.
The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1mKBcED) reports the district’s board of education approved the settlement during a special meeting Friday night. Nearly all of the money will be paid by the district’s insurer, with the district responsible for $5,000.
The agreement comes just months after an arbitrator recommended that Adele Russo, who worked for Joseph Ferraina as his secretary, receive $4.5 million. The arbitrator said the school board and Ferraina should split the cost.
Russo claimed in her 2011 lawsuit that Ferraina had forced her into a sexual relationship. Ferraina has maintained his innocence, and noted the settlement stipulates that he doesn’t have to pay any money to Russo.