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Settlement reached in legal battle between DiChiara, school board

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A monetary settlement has been announced in the contract dispute between former Superintendent Larry DiChiara and the Phenix City School Board.

Before the settlement amount was announced, members of the Phenix City School Board went into executive session to make a final decision. Once they came out of that meeting, a settlement amount of nearly $588,000 was announced.

DiChiara filed the lawsuit after the board unanimously decided to fire him back in November 2013

Current Phenix City Superintendent Randy Wilkes would not comment on the settlement amount reached but did speak positively about the agenda and the decisions made. 

"I think any time that you can walk away with six other decisions and based on all of the recommendations that we had today we feel pretty strong about that so we had about nine pretty significant items today on the agenda," Wilkes said. 

DiChiara had been superintendent for nine years and had four years remaining on his contract. When he was let go, he decided to sue the board of education claiming breach of contract.

It was nearly two weeks ago when DiChiara told News Leader 9 that he was relieved that this ordeal has come to an end, and he can finally move on with his life.

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