Foster Suit Against Crestwood Dismissed

Fairview Principal Peg Foster’s lawsuit against Crestwood School District, for rescinding her appointment as superintendent, was dismissed by a federal judge March 22.

In her suit, filed last June, Foster had claimed that her civil rights had been violated. She had signed a contract with the district to take the superintendent’s position and, the complaint stated, the board breached her contract “by attempting to rescind it without proper cause and without notice or a hearing.”

United States District Judge Malachy Mannion disagreed and wrote in the ruling that because Foster did not have the required qualifications to be superintendent at the time her appointment, she did not have a protected interest in the position.

Foster’s attorney, Cynthia Vullo, did not return a call for comment this week.

The drama over the appointment began in the fall of 2015, when Foster, who had been principal of Fairview Elementary since 2012, interviewed for the position of superintendent. She submitted all the proper paperwork and materials except her state letter of eligibility, which she stated would be completed by December.

Foster was hired as superintendent at the board’s Nov. 19 meeting, in a 5-3 vote. Before that vote, some audience members, including Joseph Kaminski and Ron Sturgeon –who were elected to serve the school board but would not take their seats on the board for a month –voiced

See Dismissed page 4