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February 28, 2002

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A former principal who won a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education charges that she has been paid more than $80,000 a year - her annual salary - to "sit at a desk" in a remote office and do nothing but read the newspapers for more than a year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Before that, said Shirley Woodard, she was paid "to sit at my house" for a year pending a financial investigation of her school, the South Loop School. The probe turned up "routine clerical errors," said Woodard, who is seeking reinstatement as South Loop principal.

The Sun-Times said Woodard offered a rare peek inside "Camp Beverly," a spot at the school board's central office that once held teachers and administrators pending investigation. It was named after a board staffer who has since retired.

"Camp Beverly'' occupants are in six regional offices, Woodard said. At her current Region 3 location, on the fourth floor of Austin High School, Woodard said, "I sit at a desk and I do no work and the teachers (under investigation) do the same thing."

Last fall, a federal court jury found in Woodard's favor on three counts and awarded her $300,001. A judge later reversed one count, for breach of contract, and reduced the award to $150,001.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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