Former Air Academy athletic director Diane Shuck getting $115,000 in lawsuit settlement

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Photo - Diane Shuck, who had worked as assistant principal and athletic director at Air Academy High School, and Academy School District 20, reached a settlement agreement Jan. 25, according to court documents. (Photo via Twitter)

Diane Shuck, who had worked as assistant principal and athletic director at Air Academy High School, and Academy School District 20, reached a settlement agreement Jan. 25, according to court documents. (Photo via Twitter)

Diane Shuck, former assistant principal and athletic director at Air Academy High School, is receiving $115,000 in a lawsuit settlement, say documents obtained through an Open Records Act request.

Of that, $22,000 will go to her attorney, Joel W. Cantrick.

The full settlement was paid by Academy School District 20's insurance company. The district's cost is its out-of-pocket deductible of $25,000, said D-20 spokeswoman Allison Cortez.

D-20 also is responsible for fees for mediation services provided Jan. 23.

The money represents damages for lost wages and emotional distress that Shuck suffered, the agreement says.

The three-year legal dispute, in which Shuck claimed wrongful removal and demotion, was settled Jan. 25 and dismissed March 8.

Among the provisions, Shuck agrees to never seek or accept direct or indirect employment or consulting or contracting work with D-20, and the district is never required to hire her.

She originally sought reinstatement in September 2015, in a civil lawsuit against Academy D-20's board members and three D-20 staff members that was filed in El Paso County District Court and moved to U.S. District Court.

The school district removed Shuck from her job in January 2015, claiming she had violated multiple policies and breached rules involving team money, background checks and other areas.

D-20 filed counter claims Feb. 5, 2016, asserting Shuck had committed civil theft, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.

Some of the counter claims were dismissed Sept. 5, 2017.

Shuck now works as assistant principal and activities director at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.