DANNIKA LEWIS, Reporting: 1823 A man who spent 40
years in the halls of Memorial High School. He never
retired, but now his family wants the money he was
promised by the district. 32
-- ERIC --
AN ATTORNEY HAS TAKEN THE FIRST STEPS TOWARD A LAWSUIT
AGAINST THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
GOOD EVENING. I'M ERIC FRANKE.
-- MICHELLE --
AND I'M MICHELLE LI.
BRUCE DAHMEN DIED OF A HEART ATTACK BACK IN FEBURARY.
THE LEGAL ACTION IS TO COLLECT ON THE FORMER PRINCIPAL'S
A FAMILY ATTORNEY SAYS THEY WERE DENIED THE MONEY
BECAUSE HE NEVER OFFICIALLY RESIGNED.
BUT NEWS THREE'S DANNIKA LEWIS TALKED WITH HIS FAMILY.
TONIGHT, WHY THEY SAY THEY *DESERVE THE 47-THOUSAND
-- DANNIKA --
MADISON SCHOOLS HAVE AN INCENTIVE IN PLACE FOR PEOPLE
ADMINISTRATORS WHO STAY WITH THE DISTRICT LONG-TERM
ARE REWARDED UPON RETIREMENT.
FOR DAHMEN... THAT MEANT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
NOW HIS FAMILY IS FIGHTING FOR THE MONEY THEIR LAWYER
SAYS HE WAS TALKED OUT OF.
TYLER DAHMEN, Bruce Dahmen's Son: 1106 It was his
IT TRULY WAS BRUCE DAHMEN'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME.
TYLER DAHMEN, Bruce Dahmen's Son: 1124 Aside from
our family, that was the next most important thing
to him was all of the kids and everything that had
to do with Memorial. 32
SO HIS SON, TYLER WAS LEFT GUESSING...
TYLER DAHMEN, Bruce Dahmen's Son: 1434 Every year,
it could have been a coin flip.
WHETHER OR NOT DAD COULD EVER STAND TO LEAVE.
TYLER DAHMEN, Bruce Dahmen's Son: 1505 I don't know
when there would have ever been a good stopping point
because there was always something he wanted to get
done and someone he wanted to help. 11
BUT A LAWYER SAYS THAT LONG-STANDING LOYALTY IS STILL
WORTH SOMETHING TO DAHMEN FAMILY.
ATTORNEY MARK EISENBERG SAYS DAHMEN'S DECADES AT
MEMORIAL MADE HIM ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXTRA 47-THOUSAND
DOLLARS ONCE HE RETIRED...
BUT EISENBERG SAYS DAHMEN WAS TALKED OUT OF LEAVING...
THE MONTH BEFORE HE DIED.
NOW... HE'S FILED A CLAIM... SETTING UP DAHMEN'S
ESTATE... TO SUE THE DISTRICT.
MARK EISENBERG, Dahmen Estate
Attorney: 0520 the superintendent
had basically said, well Bruce, you can't retire this
year. And she said it jokingly. Nobody put a gun
to his head and said he can't do it, but I think he
felt like he should stay one more year because she
asked him to. 34
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS MET MONDAY NIGHT.
THEY SAY THEY'RE WAITING ON DIRECTION FROM THE DISTRICT.
A DISTRICT SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY'RE REVIEWING IT.
BOTH WANT A FAIR OUTCOME FOR THE FAMILY.
MARK EISENBERG, Dahmen Estate Attorney: 0752 They're
just trying to follow their procedures, although,
in this case, we don't believe that their procedures
are really fair as it applies to everybody. 58
EISENBERG SAYS IT'S NOT ABOUT A PAY OUT... BUT THE
PRINCIPLE... FOR A PRINCIPAL WHO GAVE 40 YEARS TO
MARK EISENBERG, Dahmen Estate Attorney: 1005 $47,000
isn't going to make or break her or the family, but
it's just the right thing to do. 11
TAKE GEN FULL
-- DANNIKA --
A STATEMENT FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S SPOKESPERSON
"WE WOULD NEVER PROHIBIT AN EMPLOYEE FROM RETIRING.
THAT IS ANY AMPLOYEE'S RIGHT AND CHOICE."