Mechanic alleges Preston County school board breached contract

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 21, 2016

KINGWOOD – A mechanic has filed a suit against a school board after his pay was decreased.

KINGWOOD – A mechanic has filed a suit against a school board after his pay was decreased.

Joseph Bruce Ragione filed a complaint in the Preston Circuit Court against the Board of Education of Preston County, West Virginia alleging that the school board breached its contractual obligation.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was hired in 2012 with annual pay rate of $34,695.50 per year. In July 2014, the suit states his salary was reduced by $11,000 per year. The plaintiff holds the Board of Education of Preston County, West Virginia responsible because the defendant allegedly breached their contract.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in an amount above the court's minimum jurisdiction, damages, attorney's fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and such other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Steven L. Shaffer of Estep & Shaffer LC in Kingwood. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Lawrance S. Miller Jr.

Preston Circuit Court Case number 16-c-144

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