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The district fired Scott Zedar in February 2017 for not disclosing a 2009 resignation deal with the Wyoming Valley West School District and allegations he made sexually inappropriate comments to a female student at Wyoming Valley West High School, according to a filing in Luzerne County Court.

Zedar had “a reasonable basis for declining to answer” questions from Dallas Superintendent Thomas Duffy during the 2017 personnel hearing, Wallet wrote in her decision. Answering Duffy’s questions would have violated the confidentiality clause in the 2009 separation agreement and could “have potentially violated his Fifth Amendment constitutional rights,” Wallet said.

Dallas School District Solicitor Vito DeLuca filed the school district’s court appeal of the arbitration decision on Friday.


He claimed the confidentiality clause is void because it conflicts with the state Right to Know Act, which requires the disclosure of public records.

Duffy discovered the 2009 agreement with Wyoming Valley West after learning about a delay for Zedar in getting a Level II teaching certification from the state, and that certification “requires former employers to sign off that educator is of good moral character,” the district said.

David Tosh, a Wyoming Valley West administrator and former high school principal, refused to certify good moral character and met with Duffy, who received a copy of the separation agreement and reported the allegations to Childline, the state service for reports of suspected child abuse.

Zedar responded “no” to a question on his Dallas job application asking if he quit a job in last 10 years “after being notified you would be fired.” Wallet concluded the district “presented no evidence except circumstantial evidence and pure speculation that he resigned under threat of termination.”

The district fired Scott Zedar in February 2017 for not disclosing a 2009 resignation deal with the Wyoming Valley West School District and allegations he made sexually inappropriate comments to a female student at Wyoming Valley West High School, according to a filing in Luzerne County Court.

Zedar had “a reasonable basis for declining to answer” questions from Dallas Superintendent Thomas Duffy during the 2017 personnel hearing, Wallet wrote in her decision. Answering Duffy’s questions would have violated the confidentiality clause in the 2009 separation agreement and could “have potentially violated his Fifth Amendment constitutional rights,” Wallet said.

Dallas School District Solicitor Vito DeLuca filed the school district’s court appeal of the arbitration decision on Friday. He claimed the confidentiality clause is void because it conflicts with the state Right to Know Act, which requires the disclosure of public records.

Duffy discovered the 2009 agreement with Wyoming Valley West after learning about a delay for Zedar in getting a Level II teaching certification from the state, and that certification “requires former employers to sign off that educator is of good moral character,” the district said.

David Tosh, a Wyoming Valley West administrator and former high school principal, refused to certify good moral character and met with Duffy, who received a copy of the separation agreement and reported the allegations to Childline, the state service for reports of suspected child abuse.

Zedar responded “no” to a question on his Dallas job application asking if he quit a job in last 10 years “after being notified you would be fired.” Wallet concluded the district “presented no evidence except circumstantial evidence and pure speculation that he resigned under threat of termination.”

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