A lawuit against Minot Public Schools related to the multi-million dollar cleanup of school properties following the 2011 flood has been settled.
The district was sued in federal court by a New Hampshire-based ServePro company called Storm Team Robbins.
District officials say the company had been paid nearly eight million dollars for cleanup work in the months after the record flood.
The company claimed the Minot School District owed another two million dollars.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Vollmer says the district agreed to pay $950,000 to settle the case.
(Dr. Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) “It’s good to have it behind us. This was a time a lot of flood recovery – over $70-million in loss – rebuilding and all of this, Jim, and you know, at the end of the day, this chapter is closed.”
Vollmer says the money to settle the suit will come from the district’s reserve fund and will not require any tax increase.
You might wonder about the legal costs involved in a lawsuit that has stretched on almost three years – Dr. Vollmer says those expenses are covered by insurance.