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UNITED STATES v. WATTSBURG AREA SCH. DIST.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


April 18, 1977

UNITED STATES of America
v.
WATTSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT and William J. Gregg, Supt.

Knox, District Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: KNOX

ADJUDICATION

FINDINGS OF FACT, DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

 KNOX, District Judge.

 INTRODUCTION

 This is a sex discrimination suit instituted by the United States alleging that Mary Schaaf an applicant for a teaching position in the defendant school district was refused employment because of sex. The action is brought under 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e et seq. the educational amendments to which effective March 24, 1972, made Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applicable to local school districts and educational entities. The school district is subject to the act by virtue of the provisions of Sections 2000e(a), (b) and (h). Complaint having been made of refusal to hire to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, which found reasonable cause for the action, and the school district having refused to take action, suit was brought by the Attorney General pursuant to the provisions of 2000e-5(f)1.

 The court hereby makes the following:

 Specific Findings of Fact

 1. The Wattsburg Area School District is an agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, organized under the laws of the Commonwealth, and is responsible for administering the Commonwealth's system of public education in the Wattsburg Area.

 2. Defendant William J. Gregg, as Superintendent, is the principal administrator for the defendant school district. In the area of employment of permanent professional staff the Superintendent has the final approval of proposed new hires and makes his recommendation to the school board, which has the sole authority to hire.

 3. Lavern Floyd Hurlburt, as Assistant Superintendent, is second in command of defendant school district and has the principal responsibility for screening permanent professional employees and recommending their employment to the Superintendent.

 4. Billy D. Haney, as Principal of the Wattsburg Area Middle School, makes recommendations to the Assistant Superintendent and the Superintendent for the employment of permanent professionals at that school.

 5. The Wattsburg Area School District is comprised of five schools. For the 1974-75 school year the breakdown by sex of the professional staff of the Middle School involved in this case was as follows: Wattsburg Area Middle School (grades 5-8] Male Female Principal 1 0 Classroom Teachers 11 20

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