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No settlement reached in lawsuit filed over firing of high school principal

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After 90 minutes of discussion, no settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed over the termination of a high school principal.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 4:51 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) – After 90 minutes of discussion, no settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed over the termination of a high school principal.

Former Aberdeen High School Principal Cloyd Garth, Jr., sued the school district and state conservator Mac Curlee over his firing last June.

The federal lawsuit says his termination violates the First 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 he 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.

Both sides met with a federal magistrate Tuesday morning but were unable to reach a settlement in the case.

The non-jury trial is scheduled for October 15.

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