Former THS choir director Ellis sues district over 2011 firing

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/CHRIS KIEFFER/Daily Journal

TUPELO – Former Tupelo Schools music teacher Calvin Ellis on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer.
Ellis claims five counts of wrongdoing by the Tupelo Public School District, including breaches of contract, interference with his contract, violation of his constitutional right to due process and violation of his right to equal protection.
His 29-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Oxford accuses the district, its board, its administration and others of “contriving false and fictitious charges” against him and refusing to afford him the same resolution procedures available to other accused teachers.
He asks for a jury trial and to be compensated for his damages and attorney’s fees.
Board attorney Otis Tims said Thursday afternoon that he’d just received a copy of the lawsuit.
“We’ll follow the normal procedures and deal with it in an appropriate manner,” he added.
TPSD hired Ellis in 2006 as a music teacher with a supplement to be the high school show choir director.
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