- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from Lynn Wright, who is appealing a ruling that he was justly fired from his position at New Hope High School principal in 2010.

Wright is now superintendent of the Lowndes County School District, the defendant in the lawsuit.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1gojOmX ) that the Supreme Court also decided Thursday to hear an appeal from longtime New Hope baseball coach Stacy Hester over his firing.

The state Court of Appeals last year overturned a chancellor’s ruling that Wright was unjustly fired. It upheld the firing of Hester. Both asked the Supreme Court to hear their appeals.

Wright and Hester were fired by the Lowndes County School Board of Trustees on May 17, 2010 for his purported role in Hester’s purchase of a $15,000 lawn mower.

Both sued the district in October 2011, alleging they were fired due to personality conflicts, namely that then-Superintendent Mike Halford and former LCSD Board President Dr. Robert Buckley.

Hester had been the head baseball coach at New Hope High School for 18 years when he was fired, in 2009, for purchasing a John Deere Fairway lawn mower for the school two years previously without approval.

Wright had served as principal at the school since 2007.

In 2012, Chancery Judge Dorothy Colom ruled Wright was wrongfully terminated. Colom said because Wright was now superintendent of the Columbus schools, reinstatement was not possible. Colom awarded Wright $175,000 in back pay.

The Appeals Court consolidated the cases in its ruling.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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