“I wish Dr. Rudy Crew nothing but the best in his endeavors,” she said.
Board member Diijon DaCosta said he approved the settlement agreement because it was less than half of what Crew was originally seeking.
“It brings some closure and allows us to focus more on the importance of our scholars,” he said.
Last April, the school board announced that Crew was the sole superintendent finalist. Several board members spoke glowingly of Crew’s resume and what he could bring to the district.
But in a surprise move, the board voted 4-3 last May not to offer Crew a contract. Eventually, it hired Cheryl Watson-Harris, formerly the first-deputy chancellor for the New York City Department of Education, who was sworn in as superintendent last summer.
Crew, who was 69 at the time when the suit was filed, alleged board members made “ageist” remarks to him and to constituents in favor of younger candidates. The suit also named board member Joyce Morley as a defendant and accused her of disparaging him because his late wife was white. Both Crew and Morley are Black.
The suit claimed Morley undermined Crew’s selection out of “racial animus and suspicion” toward the white board members who supported him. Morley did not immediately return calls for comment, but denied the allegations in court documents.