Ingram v. Boone

458 N.Y.S.2d 671 (1983)

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Ingram v. Boone

New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
458 N.Y.S.2d 671 (1983)

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Facts

Taxpaying residents of a New York school district (plaintiffs) brought an action against their district’s board of education and superintendent (defendants) claiming an agreement between their school district and its superintendent violated state statutory and constitutional law. After a dispute between the board of education and the superintendent, the board publicly voted in favor of an agreement in which the superintendent would resign and the district would pay him $65,000 and health-insurance benefits. The taxpayers alleged that the payout and benefits constituted an improper gift of public funds. The board contended instead that the payment was a valid settlement of the superintendent’s legitimate claim. The trial court ruled that it would hold a hearing on the question of whether the payment to the superintendent constituted a violation of law. The taxpayers appealed to the New York Appellate Division on whether a hearing on this issue was necessary.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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