LCS board to vote on settlement from 2015 chemistry incident

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County School Board is set to vote on a settlement that could result in a payout to a former Lincoln High School student.

The settlement surrounds a May 2015 incident, which resulted in three students being burned after a chemistry experiment went wrong. Two
of those students were sent to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital before being released.

If the settlement is approved, the district will pay Naomi Belay $125,000. In August, the two parties agreed informally to this amount pending final board approval.

Under the settlement, Belay also "agrees not to pursue any causes of action relating to the issued resolved by this agreement in any administrative, judicial, or other forums or under any statutory or common law with respect to any issues governed by this agreement."

The district declined to comment on the matter until a final vote is taken, however the settlement reads, "This agreements represents a complete compromise of disputed claims abut does not constitute an admission of liability or responsibility by the school.... The School Boar d further expressly denies any wrongful acts by any of its current or former employees, officers or agents."

The board will vote on the matter at Tuesday's School Board Meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

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