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Lawsuit over assistant teacher termination settled

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 8/29/2013 4:37 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A lawsuit filed by a former assistant teacher against the Webster County School District has been settled.

Jill Carroll filed a federal lawsuit accusing school officials of terminating her from her position because she is legally blind.

Carroll worked for the district for six years before being let go at the end of the 2003-2004 school year.

She says the district announced teachers assistants would be eliminated because of a budget shortfall, but Carroll says she was told she was being let go because she was blind and needed to apply for disability.

Carroll says later a school administrator told her she would not return the following school year because of budget cuts, but listed concerns about her ability to supervise students because of her vision on an employee evaluation.

The district was able to retain some of the positions.

Carroll contends she was never contacted or considered for one of those positions.

On Thursday, a federal judge signed an order dismissing the case because a settlement had been reached.
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