Baker School District joint statement on lawsuit settlement

BAKER CITY – (Release from the Baker School District) “The lawsuit filed by Roberta and Katrina Fast against BakerSchool District in 2020 was settled on May 1, 2022, for $200,000, paid entirely by the District’s risk pool and not out of District funds.

Baker School District values its relationships with students, families, staff, and the community. These relationships are critical to the District’s efforts to support student safety. We thank former District student Katrina Fast for coming forwardand sharing her concerns. The District acknowledges the contribution of Ms. Fast and her efforts to effect change toprotect others. Katrina serves as an example of how one person’s dedication can positively impact a community. We arecommitted to protecting all students in our District.

About the Baker School District

Nationally recognized Baker School District 5J (BSD) is a major employer in Baker City, OR, serving 1,700 students locally with an additional 3,000 online students across the state of Oregon. Through enterprising, collaborative endeavors, BSD is creating an innovative educational foundation for future Oregonians. BSD believes strong school collaboration with local partners enables us to create vibrant communities that support lifelong learners.”

The suit was filed in spring of 2020, claiming the district retaliated against Katrina after complaints of alleged sexual harassment.