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Merced City School District Superintendent Richard “Al” Rogers. Screenshot of the Merced Sun-Star video.

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A settlement agreement was reached in a civil sexual harassment lawsuit brought against former Merced City School District Superintendent Richard Alan “Al” Rogers and the District.

Shelley Bryant, the lawyer representing the district administrator who filed the complaint in March, confirmed the development to the Sun-Star.

Bryant, who works for Fresno-based law firm Bryant Whitten, did not disclose terms or details of the settlement.

The Sun-Star’s policy is not to identify alleged victims of sexual harassment and does not identify the complainant.

The district put Rogers on leave in March as it launched an investigation into the allegations earlier this year.

Rogers, who replaced longtime superintendent RoseMary Parga Duran, had barely been in office for a year before the charges came to light.

In his previous conversations with the Sun-Star, Rogers has firmly denied the allegations.

The employee filed a lawsuit on March 8 after she said she suffered abusive behavior at work by Rogers.

According to the lawsuit, Rogers verbally assaulted the employee, made unwanted sexual advances, took her home to work from home, and yelled at her on the phone, among other inappropriate behaviors.

The lawsuit also alleged that Rogers “attempted to rape” the employee, although the document does not go into details of this alleged incident.

No permanent district manager hired

Rogers and the Merced City School Board finalized a resignation agreement in June with an effective July 1 resignation date to avoid “further action by the board, including the filing of charges that he was at fault serious on the basis of the findings of the investigation ”.

The deal resulted in a payment of $ 15,000 to Rogers, as well as the elimination of any other potential litigation between the district and Rogers.

Doug Collins, formerly Deputy Superintendent, has served as Acting Superintendent since Rogers resigned.

According to Cici Winiger, district communications director, the school board is not about to hire a permanent superintendent.

“They haven’t started talking about it,” Winiger said. “If they are planning to do something, it should be discussed at a board meeting.”

The next Merced City School Board meeting will be held on October 26 at 7 p.m. at the STEAM Center, located at 2900 Green St. in Merced, right next to Ada Givens Elementary School.