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Will Susquehanna taxpayers foot bill for superintendent legal costs?

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Susquehanna Township School District's board voted Monday night to cover the legal costs incurred by the superintendent in response to a lawsuit filed by a pair of board members late last year.

In a 6-1 vote, the board decided to pay approximately $65,000 to two law firms representing both the district and Dr. Susan Kegerise.

In November, board members Mark Sussman and Jesse Rawls, Sr. filed a lawsuit against Kegerise, the district and fellow school board members, challenging clauses in the superintendent's contract they allege violated their first amendment rights.

The suit was dropped on March 4th, but Kegerise's attorney, Jason Kutulakis, has since filed two motions in federal court listing his client as a defendant.

One of the motions was an intent to subpoena Pennlive.com for the names of commenters on more than 40 stories. The board voted Monday not to pay for any fees billed regarding that motion.

Board president John Dietrich told abc27 any other bills will be handled on a case by case basis and voted on in public.

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