POINT PLEASANT – Despite being named in two abuse and neglect lawsuits, the Mason County Board of Education recently settled a two-year old personal injury suit which allegedly occurred at the Board's central office.

On March 4, the Board agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Charles and Mitzi Spangler of Ashton. In their suit, the Spanglers allege that Mitzi sustained injuries on Dec. 14, 2004, when waiting to see Larry A. Parsons, superintendent of Mason County Schools, she was led into a darkened room by a Board employee, and fell as a result of an uneven floor.

The suit named Parsons and Board President Michael "Micky" Cottrill as co-defendants. According to court records, the suit was filed on July 24, 2006, and slated for trial next month.

The Spangler's attorney, Matthew C. Clark, with the Point Pleasant law firm of Kayser, Lane and Clark, confirmed that the parties agreed to reach an out-of-court settlement. Though the final order was still awaiting Mason Circuit Judge David W. Nibert's signature, the case is officially over, Clark said.

Mason Circuit Court Case No. 06-C-112

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