District agrees to pay $30,000 to principal who resigned

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A southwest Missouri high school principal has agreed to resign as part of a financial settlement after allegations of inappropriate conduct resurfaced.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that it obtained a copy of the settlement between former Seymour High School principal Brian Wilbanks and the Webster County district through a records request. It said he was paid $30,000 in exchange for stepping down.

Attorney Jay Kirksey confirmed earlier this year that an English teacher at the high school made an allegation of sexual harassment against Wilbanks in May 2017. Wilbanks was placed on administrative leave nine months later in February after the allegations resurfaced.

Wilbanks alleged in his resignation letter that two district officials kept their jobs despite bullying students and staff. Wilbanks didn’t return calls seeking comment.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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