Board approved pact was separation agreement between district, TA

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A Rome school district tenured teaching assistant resigned as part of a separation-from-employment agreement between the district and the employee that was accepted last month by the Board of Education.

The agreement involving Diana Zawaly is “a compromise of disputed claims” and is “not to be construed as an admission of liability of any named person....,” according to the separation agreement and general release document.

The document said Zawaly was employed as a tenured teaching assistant at the district and had “recently engaged in alleged misconduct including misrepresentation of time worked on her timesheet, and theft,” also stating the district had “serious concerns about alleged misconduct” by Zawaly. The document further said Zawaly and the district were “desirous of entering into a separation agreement and general release concerning the separation of Ms. Zawaly from the employment of the district.: The school board at its Jan. 14 meeting accepted an “agreement between the district and a member of the CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFLCIO Rome CSD Aides, Teaching Assistants, Monitors, and Cafeteria Unit 7763-01 Oneida County Educational Local 869” without further detail or public discussion.

The Daily Sentinel obtained a copy of the agreement last week after filing a Freedom of Information Law request in late January with the school district.

Terms of the agreement included Zawaly providing the district with an irrevocable letter of resignation effective as of the close of business on Jan. 15, along with the district agreeing to refrain from preferring disciplinary charges against Zawaly and waiving its right to seek Zawaly’s termination.

The agreement was signed by Zawaly, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake, and union local President Candance Westcott.

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