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Indy’s Wayne Township Schools Sue Former Leader

Officials with Indianapolis’ Wayne Township Schools have filed a civil lawsuit against the corporation’s former superintendent, accusing him of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to defraud the district of millions of dollars in salary and compensation.

In its complaint filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court, the district alleges Terry Thompson used complex contractual changes to increase his annual salary from $218,000 in 2003 to $2.2 million in 2010. The suit claims those changes were never discussed with the school board. Thompson is also accused of removing the cap on sick days he could accumulate and changing his contract to give him 50 percent of his per diem rate per sick day. The district says the superintendent was paid $413 for each unused sick day in 2005, and the amount increased each year after that.

The lawsuit maintains Thompson lied to board members about his contract, telling them that he had only made minor changes to his contract, while also lying to his attorneys about getting board approval. Indianapolis attorney Linda Pence is representing Wayne Township. She plans to comment on the civil lawsuit Wednesday afternoon.

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