The Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education has approved a $980,000 settlement with Stonehenge Land Co. related to a civil case involving Clark Hall and the Commons at Clark Hall.

The Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education has approved a $980,000 settlement with Stonehenge Land Co. related to a civil case involving Clark Hall and the Commons at Clark Hall.

The legislation the board approved Feb. 12 states Stonehenge tentatively has agreed to settle and resolve all claims for a lump-sum payment of $980,000.

The lawsuit against the board, filed by Stonehenge in April 2013, accused the district of fraud, false representation and public-records violations.

Stonehenge was seeking $6.5 million to $9 million in damages.

"The board believes that it's in the best interest of the board and the school district to approve the contemplated settlement, and the board admits no wrongdoing or liability," a resolution stated.

District treasurer Julio Valladares told ThisWeek the settlement funds would come from the district's general fund or an established building fund for Clark Hall, depending on the board's preference.

Board president Matthew Campbell said the lawsuit was filed by Stonehenge president Mo Dion and involved a proposed public/private partnership to develop the property at 83. N. Hamilton Road.

"The board believes that there was no binding contract between the board of education and Stonehenge to provide a ground lease or development deal to Stonehenge," Campbell said.

For more on this story, read the Feb. 19 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.