Rockland-area school board votes to settle with business manager

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland-area school board voted Wednesday night to settle the disciplinary complaint against business manager Scott Vaitones.

The terms of the agreement, however, were not released pending the settlement being put into writing and signed by both parties.

The 9-2 vote (Chairwoman Esther “Tess” Kilgour and member Donald Robishaw Jr. of Rockland opposed) to settle came after a two-hour closed-door meeting of the board.

Kilgour declined to comment after the vote. Vaitones’ attorney Bryan Dench also had no comment.

There was no timetable for when Regional School Unit 13’s attorney Campbell Badger would write up the agreement for the parties to sign.

Vaitones has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 14. He was placed on leave by Superintendent Lew Collins, who asked that Vaitones be fired for numerous errors. Vaitones has fought the firing.

Collins’ final day on the job is Friday.

The RSU’s legal expenses over the past few months have exceeded $62,000. Collins’ severance totaled another $100,000 and no dollar amount has been cited for any severance to Vaitones.

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