Fox C-6 turmoil could continue over Critchlow’s contract

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ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – The Fox C-6 School District will learn this week whether Superintendent Dianne Critchlow will retire as the School Board assumed she would, or if they’re in for a long costly battle over her $260,000 a year job.

Critchlow's lawyer Chet Pleban says he'll meet with his client this week to decide their next step.

Pleban accuses the School Board of jumping the gun at their news conference on Thursday.

At that time the Acting Superintendent and the School Board President announced that Dianne Critchlow was going to retire at the end of October and they would pay her $130,000 in retirement pay.

Pleban says not so fast. He says Critchlow has not filed retirement papers and that as far as he's concerned she still has two years left on her $260,000 a year salary.

You Paid For It asked Critchlow's lawyer if she or her husband made the disparaging Web Comments that landed her in hot water. He sidestepped the question.

The Board also announced it had fired her husband Jamie who heads the School Districts Bridges program.

Dianne Critchlow got into trouble after nasty comments against school district critics made on a Topix Website were traced to an IP address at the home of Dianne Critchlow and her husband Jamie.

Among other nasty comments the critics were accused of things like child pornography and bestiality.

The critics hired a lawyer over the comments who filed suit Naming John Doe as a defendant because he didn't know who made the comments.  A search made with the help of a judge’s order turned up IP addresses that led to Superintendent Critchlow’s home.

Critchlow's contract is up in 2016. The school district is obviously hoping she departs long before then, especially since they've already named and acting superintendent.

Two other Fox School officials remain on suspension.

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