Former Fayetteville School Superintendent accuser reaches $75K settlement with district


Shae Newman, who accused Matthew Wendt of sexual harassment, gets a $75K settlement

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Fayetteville Public Schools confirms that its insurance carrier has agreed to a settlement with Shae Newman, the woman who filed a sexual harassment claim against then-Superintendent Matthew Wendt.

By doing this, the school district claims no liability, wrongdoing or discrimination under the terms of the settlement with Newman.

Wendt was terminated immediately on June 18, 2018, by a Board of Education 7-0 vote. The decision, made during a special meeting, was based on a district employee who accused Wendt of sexual harassment earlier in the year.

Here is the statement from Fayetteville Public Schools:

In keeping with our commitment to provide you information that may be the subject of attention in the local media, Fayetteville Public Schools can confirm that its insurance carrier has negotiated and agreed to a settlement of all employment-related claims of a current employee that have been the focus of recent media reports.  The settlement agreement is funded solely by the insurance carrier.  The settlement agreement does not require the expenditure of any funds of Fayetteville Public Schools.”

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