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August 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Settlement pays teacher in Wenatchee drowning case

The Associated Press

WENATCHEE — The teacher who was in charge of a Wenatchee High School gym class when a student drowned will be paid for two more years to remain on leave.

A settlement was reached this month with Ed Knaggs who was fired over the 2011 drowning but won reinstatement. The Wenatchee World reports he’ll be paid about $165,000 to remain on administrative leave through August 2016.

The settlement was approved by the school board and teachers union.

 Knaggs declined to comment when he was contacted Wednesday.

Superintendent Brian Flones says legal expenses, back pay and the settlement for Knaggs totaled about $500,000. The district also paid $2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Antonio Reyes,  who could not swim.

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