April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:45 p.m. CST
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) _ A former superintendent of the
Helena-West Helena School District has sued the district that
formerly employed her in an effort to be reinstated.
Joining former superintendent T.J. Graham in her federal court
suit are two former members of the district's school board and five
former employees of the district who had been hired by Graham but
were fired after the state took over management of the system.
Defendants in the suit are Arkansas Education Commissioner
Kenneth James and the Helena-West Helena School District.
The suit seeks reinstatement for Graham and the five former
employees, plus full back pay, compensatory and punitive damages.
The suit also seeks a declaration that the state's actions violated
state law and the state and federal constitutions.
The state took over the district last fall because of financial
and academic shortcomings.