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FIRED SUPERINTENDENT DROPS SUIT FOR $56,000.

Byline: Susan Abram Staff Writer

BURBANK- Ousted Superintendent David Aponik has agreed to drop his wrongful termination lawsuit against the Burbank Unified School District in exchange for a $56,250 settlement, officials said Wednesday.

Aponik, whose dismissal last year sparked a failed recall effort of school board members by parents who said they had lost faith in the district, signed the agreement two weeks ago in exchange for dropping all claims.

``We came to mutual agreement, and all parties are satisfied with this,'' said school board President Trish Burnett. ``I feel very good that this is finished and that we've put it behind us.''

Late last year, the Board of Education claimed victory when five of the six claims Aponik filed against it were dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

One claim, breach of contract, had remained.

Aponik's attorney, Richard Currier, did not return phone calls.

Aponik was dismissed in March 2002 and was reassigned to a position as a school psychologist.

Parents launched an effort to recall the school board members, who called his dismissal a personnel matter that could not be made public.

The district continued to pay his salary though this year. Assistant Superintendent Gregory Bowman was later hired to the full-time position.

Susan Abram, (818) 546-3304

susan.abram(at)dailynews.com
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