Wilson ISD school board has closed meeting about lawsuit

Reported by: Sydney Ryan

Reported by: Sydney Ryan
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Updated: 5/01/2014 9:34 pm
The top administrators of Wilson's school district were targeted by a petition drive to remove them from their positions. FOX34 News was told 59 students and 112 adults have signed the document demanding the removal of the superintendent and district principal.

The school board met in a closed session tonight, discussing a lawsuit filed by Patricia Johnson and Michelle Story, the teachers who were ousted in early March. The teachers claim their probationary contracts were terminated because they were critical of principal Brenda Prather. The teachers are appealing their dismissal. School board attorney David Backus is discussing the case with the board, but does not believe any action will be taken currently.

"The district's been sued so tonight we're having a consultation with attorneys so they can ask questions and be advised," explained Backus, when asked about the closed meeting Thursday night.

"We believe that right now they're discussing a settlement with the teachers on, I guess, a monetary basis but we're not sure," said Bobby Miller, a concerned citizen who filed the level-3 appeal. Miller spoke with a group of protesting citizens outside, after they were asked to leave to meeting.

Several other teachers have resigned since Johnson and Story were fired. There are currently nine open positions in the Wilson district.

The Texas Education Agency and the State Board of Education have received complaints, but have no juristiction over local hiring decisions.
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