Teri Tate sues DOS Jessie Kinsey, Grundy County School Board
Retired Grundy County school bus driver Terri Tate is suing Director of Schools Jessie Kinsey and the Grundy County School Board claiming she did not receive a bonus the board approved for school bus drivers.
Tate claims in her lawsuit that the school board approved bonuses of $100 for every year of service for school bus drivers at the board’s August 10, 2017 meeting. She states she is owed a bonus of $2,000 for her 20 years of service as she was still employed with the school system on that date. She retired five days after the board approved the bonuses, and never received her money.
In addition to the $2,000, Tate’s lawsuit asks for $100,000 for attorney fees and punitive damages.
Tate is not the only bus driver waiting for her bonus. At last week’s school board meeting, a bus driver stated that none of the drivers had received their full bonus payment, with most only receiving half. Board chairperson Phyllis Lusk said the failure to pay the drivers was a “miscalculation” and the board voted to expedite payment to drivers. However, this did not include Tate as she has received no payment to date.
Speaking with the Herald early this year, Tate said she felt the failure to pay her bonus rested on DOS Kinsey who she feels has hard feelings against her. Tate’s daughter is school board member Kasey Anderson who has unsuccessfully attempted to have Kinsey removed from her position.
In the lawsuit, Tate claims she was denied her bonus “by the willful, wrongful, and malicious actions of said defendant, Jessie Kinsey.”
The suit continues, stating “Plaintiff has reason to believe and therefore alleges that the willful misconduct of said defendant arises out of her animosity toward the plaintiff’s daughter, Kasey Kilgore Anderson, who is on the school board and is currently being sued by the defendant, Jessie Kinsey, and an ex-board member.”
A special called school board meeting to discuss the Director of Schools’ contract was scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, and cancelled after the board met with their lawyer.