Lindsey, Lee schools reach settlement over

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Cathy Lindsey’s lawsuit against the Lee County School District and others was dismissed Wednesday because it was settled.
Earlier this week, Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied the defense’s motion to dismiss the case and reminded them the trial would begin as scheduled March 8 in Aberdeen.
Lindsey filed her lawsuit May 18, 2007, against the school district, Temeka Shannon, Angie Cherry, Johnny Green and Johnny Dye – then officials with the school district.
The special education teacher claimed that during her assignment at Verona Elementary School she made reports of deficiencies in the program. Then, she claimed, she was retaliated against and forced to resign before the end of her contract for the 2005-2006 school year.
She sought actual damages, reinstatement to a teaching position and compensatory damages of $300,000 for mental anguish and damage to her reputation.
She sued the Lee County Schools, claiming a violation of the Mississippi Public Records Act because she never was provided with records she asked for in writing.
Ronald Lewis of Oxford, Lindsey’s attorney, said details of the settlement will not be made public, “but we are very satisfied.”
Since her departure from the Lee Schools, Lindsey has not been employed, he said.
Holmes Adams of Jackson, representing the school board, was not available for comment.