On Tuesday, March 4, the American Legion and Blanco ISD issued a joint press release announcing the agreement in the case of The American Legion Post 352 and the Blanco Independent School District, regarding the use of the American Legion building on the Elementary campus.
On January 31, the two groups met to mediate the lawsuit with Kingsland attorney and mediator Charles Lacallade. Through mediation, they were able to arrive at a settlement ‘to the mutual satisfaction of both parties.’
According to the settlement agreement, Blanco ISD’s insurance company, Public Educators Association of Texas, will issue a check for the sum of $275,000 within 30 days of the settlement payable to the Legion, J. Ray Riley, and Chelita Riley. The payees will be solely responsible for splitting the money between themselves.
In addition to the payment, the American Legion will be able to continue to occupy property the for one year, until March 3, 2015. After that year, the Legion can submit a request to occupy the property for an additional 180 days, if approved by BISD.
The Legion agreed to release all parties from all claims in the case, as well as relinquish all rights after March 3, 2015.
Representatives for the American Legion in the mediation included Attorneys Tex and Chelita Riley, Teddy Weeks, Bruce C. Huguelet, Steve Klein, Roxanna Avants, and Erica Fickle.
Representatives for Blanco ISD included Attorneys Paul Hunn and Daniel Burns, Dr. Buck Ford, Matt Herden, Brittany Smith (CAS Adjuster) and Doris Rasberry (CAS Supervisor).