UPDATE: Settlement agreement released in Laney Principal's resignation

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Monday, May 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - News 12 has obtained a copy of the settlement agreement between the Richmond County School System and Laney High School principal Tonia Mason, following her resignation earlier this month.

Mason's resignation came as the school district conducted an investigation into her involvement with certain educational funds.

During the investigation, Assistant Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey said he could not give any information on matters of personnel.

Following Mason's resignation, Richmond County School Board Attorney Pete Fletcher confirmed Mason reached a settlement with the school system. As part of that settlement, none of the investigation will be made public.

News 12 received the settlement agreement by Fletcher's office following a request for records, which says the school district will not disclose any information regarding Mason's "employment, resignation, charges leveled or her proposed discipline" to the public or any of her potential future employers.

If a referral is made regarding Mason to the Professional Standards Commission, the settlement states that the Commission will receive a description of the incident with a letter stating that Mason denies the allegations and that the school system found her resignation was sufficient to address "any alleged ethical violations."

Mason will continue getting an income for the 2013-2014 school year, according to the settlement. Mason's resignation takes effect June 30.

Mason took over as principal of Lucy C. Laney High School in 2010.

In 2013, Mason was in the hot seat concerning representation or what some called unions

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