School district pays $410K to employee who raised concerns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools will pay $410,000 to a former employee who said she was fired for raising red flags over a lack of safety for seventh-graders working with band saws and nail guns. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Portland school board unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday. Only $60,000 of that settlement will be covered by the district’s insurance. District spokeswoman Karen Werstein  says the rest will come out of the general fund. Marie Tyvoll sued the district for $930,000 in June 2018, alleging she was fired for her actions as a whistleblower nearly seven months earlier. In a statement Werstein said Portland Public Schools refutes Tyvoll’s claims.