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FALLS VILLAGE — Claiming she has suffered emotional distress because of actions by Region 1 Board of Education member Gale C. Toensing, Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves has filed a lawsuit against her seeking damages in excess of $15,000. Toensing, who represents Falls Village on the regional school board, said Sunday that she had no comment.
The suit, which was delivered to Toensing at her home Saturday, makes several claims including defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, interference with a contractual relationship and invasion of privacy.
The suit states that Goncalves is seeking compensatory damages including those for emotional distress and injury to her reputation, punitive damages, past and future lost wages and injury to her earning capacity, pre- and postjudgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs. The Region 1 budget proposal, which after three rejections will go back to voters in a fourth referendum on July 23, includes a 2 percent raise that would bring her salary to $135,502.
This is the second lawsuit recently filed by persons affiliated with Region 1. Earlier this spring, Chamberlain’s executive secretary, Lucille Paige, sued Chamberlain, claiming she was denied her right to free speech, disciplined in retaliation for taking part in Pingpank’s investigation and physically assaulted during a confrontation over her private email. Paige is on administrative leave until Oct. 1.