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LIBERTY, Mo. — The Liberty School District will pay a former superintendent a near-million dollar settlement.

Former superintendent Phil Wright left the Liberty School District in 2008. In 2009 he sued the district, alleging he was asked to falsify documents and when he refused, he was forced to resign.

A judge found the district in contempt of court for not producing emails sent between board members on their personal computers. That was in June 2013.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the judge dismissed the case when the two sides agreed to settle. Wright will receive $950,000.

According to the district’s website board members deny any wrongdoing but agreed to settle the case to save taxpayers and students any further financial drain.

An attorney for Wright said the settlement is historical.

Wright’s legal fees will be paid out of the settlement.