The family of an Omaha South High School teacher who died after breaking up a fight has reached a settlement with the Omaha Public Schools.
The OPS school board on Monday night approved a lump-sum payment of $675,000 to the family of Tom Dickey. The settlement was negotiated in the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court.
The settlement was approved by an 8-0 vote; board member Shavonna Holman was absent on Monday night.
OPS also paid all medical, hospital and funeral expenses related to the accident, according to the settlement.
The school board approved the settlement without comment. The money will come from the district’s general fund.
Dickey, a popular educator at South High, died after breaking up a fight during school breakfast on Nov. 28, 2017. An ambulance took him to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he later died. He was 37.
According to the settlement documents, a doctor said the stress and exertion associated with breaking up the fight contributed to Dickey’s death from a heart attack.
Dickey had worked at South since 2015. At the time of his death, he was a teacher and curriculum specialist. From 2003 to 2015, he was a marketing and math teacher at North High.
South was Dickey’s alma mater, and he was proud of his South Omaha roots.