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Former Oswego Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Wendt (Oswego Dist. 308 photo)

The Fayetteville, Arkansas School District has agreed to a $75,000 settlement with school district employee Shae Lynn Newman, who accused former Fayetteville and Oswego School Superintendent Matthew Wendt of sexual harassment.

According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Fayetteville School District has confirmed that its insurance carrier agreed to a settlement with Newman.

The Democrat-Gazette reports that the Fayetteville School District claims no liability, wrongdoing or discrimination under the settlement terms.

Newman worked as a receptionist in Wendt's office when he was Fayetteville School Superintendent between 2016 and 2018.  She is now a physical education teacher in the Fayetteville district.

Court documents indicated that Wendt and Newman had a relationship, and Newman filed the sexual harassment complaints against Wendt last year.

The Democrat-Gazette reported that the Fayetteville School Board fired Wendt on June 18, 2018, claiming that Wendt violated the school district's sexual harassment policy.

Wendt was superintendent in Oswego School District #308 from 2012 to 2016.

The Oswego School District said in April, 2018 that there were no complaints regarding inappropriate behavior or sexual harassment filed against Wendt when he served as superintendent in Oswego.

Wendt sued the the Fayetteville School Disrict for $1.5 million or reinstatement.  That suit was dismissed in October of last year.

The Tax, Business and Politics web site reports that Wendt declared bankruptcy on June 28 of this year, citing between $500,000 and $1 million in debts and the same amount in assets.

A meeting of Wendt's creditors is set for August 19 at the Federal Courthouse in Fayetteville.