GFW Settles Boiler Lawsuit 31 Jan 13

The GFW School Board approved a settlement this week in a lawsuit involving issues with the boiler at the district’s Gibbon campus. The settlement calls for MLA Architects and engineering firm Dolejs Associates to pay GFW $149,000 to be used towards fixing the boiler system. The district has reportedly incurred around $70,000 in legal costs, including hiring “expert witnesses” in the case. In other business, the school board approved the district’s first Q-Comp application. Q-Comp is the teacher-performance pay system instituted by former Governor Tim Pawlenty. The Minnesota Department of Education will have 60 days to review, provide feedback and approve or deny the application once it is formally submitted. In addition to the bonus performance pay that would come from the state, GFW would also be able to get additional Q-Comp program funding from the local tax levy.