A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed by former Brookfield Superintendent Anthony Bivonah seeking to be reappointed as head of the school district.
The lawsuit was filed August 18th in Hartford against the Brookfield Board of Education. It was received in Brookfield on Tuesday. In addition to reinstatement as Superintendent, Bivonah is seeking monetary damages in excess of $15,000 and other relief.
He was hired as Superintendent in 2007, but fired before the June 2016 end of his contract amid accusations School Finance Director Art Colley overspent the district budget by $1.2 million.
There were five "just cause" provisions in the contract that would allow the school to terminate him. Bivonah argues that he regularly received pay increases from the Board of Education and that during his tenure the Brookfield School system was recognized both by the state and nationally. He also says that the Board's Finance Committee and previous auditors didn't find any wrong doings. A new audit firm was hired in 2013 and uncovered the irregularities.
Bivonah says the Board of Education denied him a termination hearing in executive session, and that when a hearing was held it was wrought with procedural irregularities.