Fight between Flint school board members, ex-super must go to arbitration
A dispute between the former Flint schools superintendent and members of the Flint board of education will be worked out in arbitration and not in court. That decision came today from the Michigan Court of Appeals
Former superintendent Anita Steward’s complaints include allegations that four board members interfered with daily operations of the schools and created a hostile work environment that made it impossible for her to do her job. At that point, the district had churned through six superintendents in less than a decade. Steward filed a lawsuit in 2021 against the district and the board members.
But the board members said they can’t be sued under an arbitration clause in her contract. Steward said that contract clause does not apply to individual board members. The appeals court overturned a lower court and said board members are also covered by the arbitration rule.