Ex-principal suing District 150Valda Shipp files lawsuit to get Glen Oak School job back or be reinstated as a teacher.
A former Peoria District 150 principal is suing to get her job back or be reinstated as a teacher, claiming her job status at the district is in limbo. Shipp, a 34-year employee of the district, spent the last 10 years as a principal, with the three most recent years at Glen Oak, 2100 N. Wisconsin Ave.
In the suit filed in December, former Glen Oak Primary School Principal Valda Shipp said the district did not terminate her, that she never did anything that would merit being fired and she rescinded a decision to retire.
The suit notes Shipp had been reprimanded on some issues in February but none serious enough that would lead to her dismissal. But later, she was placed on administrative leave and Superintendent Grenita Lathan came to Shipp in June with two options: the district could terminate her contract with just cause or terminate her without cause and pay her $5,000 and her salary through the end of the month, provided she resign as a teacher and sign a full release, the suit states and copies of various letters from the district show.
Shipp did neither but on June 29 tendured a letter of resignation to the district. The following day, though, she issued a second letter rescinding her intention to retire. Another letter contained in the suit from Lathan, dated July 2, "rejects" Shipp's July 1 letter to rescind her retirement.
"I received your letter, in which you attempted to rescind the letter of retirement submitted to District 150 on June 29. I reject you rescinding your notice of retirement," Lathan said in the brief letter to Shipp.
Shipp's suit maintains that her resignation letter did not constitute actual resignation because she rescinded it and claims never to have received retirement benefits through the state's Teacher Retirement System.
The suit also maintains Shipp still has a valid contract with the district and seeks to be reinstated and to receive any salary and/or benefits owed to her since July.
Also noted was her unavailability and not returning calls to parents as well as being blamed for poor customer service, including incorrect information that went to a second- and third-grade student, leading them to attempt to walk to their grandparents' home in Pekin. Both children were found along Interstate 74 by a truck driver and authorities were called. Source