Riverview Charter School

The first director of Riverview Charter School has accused her former employers of luring her to Beaufort with false promises, misrepresenting her responsibilities and firing her without cause, according to an amended lawsuit filed this month.

Eleanore Bednarsh and her husband, Gary, are suing in the Court of Common Pleas of the 14th Judicial Circuit for 20 causes, including fraud, defamation, civil conspiracy and breach of contract.

The suit, filed Oct. 14, lists the Beaufort County School District and Riverview Charter School as defendants, as well as several current and former members of the Riverview board of directors and a school district liaison to the school.

The school district stands by a statement issued in September, after an earlier version of the suit was filed, saying it is not directly involved in the matter, according to Jennifer Staton, district risk manager. The district never employed Bednarsh, never supervised her employment and did not fire her, the statement said.

The district is Riverview's sponsor, but charter schools can hire their own employees.

Bednarsh was hired in April 2009 at an annual salary of $90,000. She was fired the following December after Riverview officials said she didn't meet performance goals. She did not receive severance pay…

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RIVERVIEW DOESN'T ACCEPT BEDNARSH DEAL; September 6, 2010; Beaufort Gazette (SC) 
An offer by the first director of Riverview Charter School to resolve a dispute over her abrupt firing with a $242,000 payment was not accepted, according to court filings.

Eleanore Bednarsh made the offer to end her pending lawsuit against the school June 18.

Riverview didn't accept the offer within the allotted 20 days, so it expired, according to court documents.

Bednarsh's lawyers filed papers in March to preserve and gather evidence that could be used in a civil lawsuit…

The school district was not involved in Bednarsh's hiring or termination, according to a statement it issued Friday.

"The district and several district officials have been sued about a matter that does not directly involve the district, and we have responded appropriately," the statement said. "We regret that taxpayer funds must be spent for this purpose, but we have no alternative but to defend the district."…
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Lawyers for the first director of Riverview Charter School filed for a protective order and bill of discovery last week to preserve and gather evidence that could be used in a lawsuit related to her abrupt firing…

Bednarsh was fired halfway through her first year as Riverview's director because she failed to meet performance goals, officials said in January. She did not receive severance pay.

She and her lawyers are asking to begin discovery by accessing e-mails, voicemails, notes and other records related to Bednarsh and her employment, according to the complaint. They are requesting access to electronic storage devices, including personal computers and cell phones owned by the defendants…

1 comment:

The Perimeter Primate said...

"Riverview Charter School, former director reach settlement." 10/4/2012