CLAYTON • The Clayton School District will pay $140,000 as part of a settlement agreement to the principal who resigned last week amid a Facebook controversy.
Louise Losos resigned on Friday night but will continue to be paid her regular salary and benefits through the end of the school year. On July 1, the district has agreed to make the lump sum payment of $140,000 to her, according to a copy of the settlement.
As part of the agreement, Losos will take no legal action against the school district, and administrators have provided her a letter of recommendation.
As first reported Saturday by the Post-Dispatch, Losos' resignation came after a former quarterback at the high school made an allegation on Facebook that the principal had created a false Facebook identity that had more than 300 friends, many of them from Clayton High.
The profile, Suzy Harriston, disappeared from Facebook shortly after the allegation on April 5. The next day, the district announced Losos would begin a leave of absence.
Losos' salary for this school year was $140,180 with benefits, and she had received a letter of intent from the district to give her a contract for the 2012-13 school year.
The letter of recommendation says Losos "understands the complexity of building-wide issues and the need to communicate regularly with staff, students and parents."
It also says she is "a creative problem solver and articulate in communication" and "passionate about education and student learning."
Meanwhile, associate principal Dan Gutchewsky has been named interim principal in her place through 2012-13. It is not yet known whether another assistant principal will be hired for the high school, said Chris Tennill, district spokesman.