Mathematical Glitch Delays Johnson Case

The long-running civil case of former Sandwich School Superintendent Mary Ellen Johnson against the school committee, which appeared to be close to reaching a conclusion, has hit another snag.

On March 18, an assistant clerk at Barnstable Superior Court recorded a judgment in the case of $610,549 against the school committee.

The judgment consists of damages, interest, and the cost of bringing the civil action.

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Town manager George H. Dunham said his understanding is that the town did not intend to challenge the judgment.

But John Davis, the Boston attorney who has represented the school committee in the case, said he had come across some double-counting of interest. Mr. Davis said the town wished to bring what it sees as an arithmetical miscalculation to the attention of the court before concluding the case.

The former superintendent said yesterday that she herself had found miscalculations in the figuring of the award, and plans to bring those miscalculations to the attention of the court.

Dr. Johnson said she had been prepared before the glitch to move on with her life and accept the $610,000 judgment.

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