Dunham launches civil claim

The former superintendent of schools is taking the school district to court

Frank Dunham

Frank Dunham

Former Mission school district superintendent Frank Dunham is taking his former employer to court, alleging a breach in the employment contract.

Dunham received a severance package when his employment with the school district ended on Jan. 23, 2013.

However, according to his civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court earlier this month, Dunham says he is entitled to additional compensation in recognition of his long service.

The statement of claim says that extra money should be calculated to 125 days of pay.

Mission Public Schools board chair Edie Heinrichs told The Record she believes the district followed the contract accordingly and noted Dunham received a “lucrative” severance package upon his termination.

She declined to reveal the details of the money paid out until the board agrees to go public with the information.

The school board is consulting with its legal counsel and has 21 days to file a response in court.

Dunham’s statement of claim notes he began his career in Mission in 1981 as a Grade 5/6 teacher and was promoted numerous times until he took over as superintendent in 2004.

Dunham was on a personal leave of absence for six months before his employment ended.