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Former conservator asks judge to dismiss lawsuit filed by fired Aberdeen principal

The former state conservator of the Aberdeen School District says he is entitled to qualified immunity over the termination of the high school principal.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 7:31 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 7:59 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - The former state conservator of the Aberdeen School District says he is entitled to qualified immunity over the termination of the high school principal.
Cloyd Garth, Jr., sued the school district and Mac Curlee over his firing last June.
The federal lawsuit says his termination violates the 1st and 14th amendments.
He accuses Curlee of attempting to dissuade Garth from applying for a superintendent position because Curlee told him the Mississippi Department of Education wanted a white person for the position.
The lawsuit also claims Garth was fired less than a month after an employee evaluation and after signing a contract with the Aberdeen School District.
He says Curlee denied him a hearing over his termination.
He says the reason he was given for his dismissal was falsifying time cards.
Curlee says in his motion to dismiss that Garth has provided no evidence to show his termination was for any reason other than cause.
The motion filed this week in U.S. District Court asks the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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