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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.