The wife of Michael Landsberry, the popular Sparks Middle School math teacher killed in a 2013 shooting spree at the school, will receive more than $144,000 from the Washoe County School District, the school board has decided.
In exchange, Sharon Landsberry has agreed to release all potential claims against the district arising from the death of her husband, under terms of a settlement that the board unanimously approved last week without discussion.
The settlement figure represents the equivalent of Michael Landsberry’s accumulated sick-leave benefits for 148 days and a lump-sum cash payment of $100,000, according to a board report. The money will come from the district’s insurance fund.
In addition, the settlement provides that Sharon Landsberry will continue to be enrolled in the district’s group health-insurance plan for another three years. Her insurance coverage was scheduled to end in June 2014 but was extended while both parties discussed her potential claims, according to the board report, which noted that the two sides have been talking over the last 21 months.
Christopher Reich, interim chief general counsel for the district, told the board that the settlement does not include any fees for Sharon Landsberry’s attorney. The district, he noted, also didn’t spend any money for its attorney’s fees because the matter was handled in-house by the district’s legal team.
Michael Landsberry, a Marine veteran, was killed on Oct. 21, 2013, when he intervened in the shooting spree by seventh-grade student Jose Reyes, who brought an automatic handgun to school. Reyes also shot and wounded two students before killing himself.