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Fight finally over between former Columbus teacher and Archdiocese

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The four-year fight between former Waterloo Columbus teacher, Tom Girsch, and the Archdiocese of Dubuque is finally over.

Girsch sued the Archdiocese of Dubuque for breach of contract after his contract was modified after the church found out he got remarried in 2006 without having his first marriage annulled.

Girsch says he was allowed to continue teaching while his annulment was pending.  When the annulment was denied, Girsch says the school board voted at one meeting not to accept his resignation but then voted a second time to accept it under pressure from the Archdiocese. 

In April a jury awarded Girsh a $600,000 settlement, but was reduced to $365,846.92.

After the appeal period had lapsed, Girsch says a check was mailed to his attorney's office from the Archdiocese for $372,330.19.  The final amount included $6,483.27 in interest that had accrued while the matter was pending.

Girsch told KWWL on Tuesday, "Our family's are happy it's over.  After four years, 2 months and 26 days, it's over."

He added, "There are a lot of good people on both sides.  This could have worked itself out a long time ago.

Girsch, who taught at Columbus for 32 years, continues to substitute teach at Holmes Junior High and in the Hudson School District.

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