Update 2: Negotiations To Oust Seto Cost School District Nearly $20,000 In Lawyer’s Fees, Plus Bump In Pagan’s Salary


Former schools Superintendent Edward Seto at his last Board of Education meeting, Jan. 29, 2014.

The Board of Education paid its attorney nearly $20,000 for legal work connected with negotiating with the former schools Superintendent to leave his position before his contract ran out.

Add that to the approximately $55,000 payout given to former Superintendent Edward Seto, and the total bill to have him leave before the end of June comes to about $75,000.

There’s also the salary bump given to Interim schools Superintendent Eveny Pagan, which took effect Feb. 1 and will last until her final day in the district, March 28.

Pagan, who earned $161,410 as an assistant superintendent, was given a $16,090 increase – to $177,500 – starting Feb. 1, when she assumed the interim Superintendent role, district business administrator John Calavano said. That amounts to $61.89 per day, for a total of $3,465.84.

A bill for work done in January 2014, submitted to the district by board attorney Robert M. Tosti, shows that Tosti billed the district $5,626.50 for work done on Seto’s separation agreement.

The Franklin Reporter & Advocate obtained a copy of the bill through an Open Public Records Act request.

Tosti previously billed the district $2,145 in October, 2013; $5,478 in November, 2013 and $6,269 in December, 2013 for a total for that year of $13,892 for work on the agreement.

With January’s bill, the grand total is $19,518.50.

The bills also show that Tosti had a conversation about the agreement with school board president Julia Presley and two conversations about it with board vice president Eva Nagy on Jan. 28. As part of the agreement, Seto will drop ethics complaints he’d filed against Presley and Nagy.

Seto left the district on Jan. 31. Eveny Pagan was named interim Superintendent, a position she will hold until the end of March, at the latest, at which time she, too, will leave the district for another position.

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