Published: May 04, 2011 2:09 AM EDT
Updated: May 03, 2011 11:09 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  Embattled Cape Coral city council member Derrick Donnell is set to return to work for the Lee County School District, for now.

Donnell withdrew from a hearing at Tuesday's school board meeting to challenge his possible dismissal.  Instead, he will work out a deal to complete his current contract.

"My attorneys have been working with the district trying to work to get to a resolution we both can live with," Donnell said.

Donnell was suspended in December, accused of changing students grades and making sexually charged comments to staff members while serving as principal at two different Cape Coral schools.

Now, he says he'll meet with the superintendent to work out his duties for the final months of his contract.

Donnell thanked more than 50 people who showed up to support him at the hearing that never happened.

"My wife and I, its been a nightmare since December," Donnell said.  "The amount of stress and emotion and trauma, for lack of a better word, is huge."

The drama in Donnell's day job has not had an impact on his city council seat.  His council term ends this fall; he has not said if he will seek re-election.