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Arlington settles suit with 2 fired educators

An Arlington school teacher and a principal fired six years ago will receive $250,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit they filed against the town of Arlington, the town announced Tuesday.

Plaintiffs Charles Coughlin and Stavroula Bouris — who were fired in 2007 by Nathan Levenson, then the superintendent — originally sued the schools for $7 million, alleging they were wrongfully terminated based on suspicions they were having an affair.

The settlement announced Tuesday was reached a week after the trial started before Judge Mark L. Wolf in US District Court.

Coughlin and Bouris said that officials fabricated the affair as retaliation after Levenson failed in attempts to oust Bouris earlier in 2007. Their lawsuit alleged that Levenson began monitoring e-mails between Coughlin and Bouris in March 2007.

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The dispute involving Coughlin, Bouris, and the school system has dragged on for years. Coughlin won back his job as technology teacher with full benefits and back pay in 2009, but a Superior Court Judge overturned the ruling in 2010.

That ruling had an impact on a subsequent hearing about Bouris’s position as principal of Ottoson Middle School, and she was not reinstated, said Frank Mondano, the lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Levenson, who resigned in 2008, did not respond to a request for comment.


Emily Cataneo can be reached at emilycataneo@gmail.com.