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Former middle school principal brings lawsuit

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:25 am

Michael Ransome seeks millions of dollars in damages 

Former Northumberland County Middle School principal Michael Ransome has sued two school board members, an individual and the county school board over his treatment by the individuals and his removal as principal by the school board. He filed his action in Northumberland County’s circuit court on November 8.

Ransome seeks compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by the Jury, but not less than $1,500,000, three-fold damages in the sum of $4,500,000, and $350,000 per defendant in punitive damages from School Board members Gayle Sterrett and Dana O’Bier; Steve Berman, an individual; and the School Board itself.

Ransome was principal of the middle school from 2014 until June 29, 2016 when the School Board removed him by a 2-1-1 vote in Chairman Dean Sumner’s absence. After his removal, Ransome was made Director of Achievement Gap Initiatives at the same salary he had been drawing as principal.


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