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LaRhonda Hunter v CISD filed in federal district court
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones
Managing Editor

LaRhonda Hunter, a former employee of the Crockett Independent School District, filed a civil action complaint against the district on Oct. 5 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Lufkin Division. Hunter’s suit alleges that CISD did not renew her contract “because she was single, did not have kids, and did not have any family ties in the district. Single males without children or family ties in the district were not similarly terminated.” According to Hunter’s legal complaint, she was a coach/physical education teacher in the CISD. Her lawsuit also claims, “A white male in the athletic department without any spouse, children, or family ties to the school district was not similarly terminated.” The lawsuit states, “Furthermore, while Defendant (CISD) subsequently claimed that it had to cut back the athletic department, such claim is pretextual as Defendant, in fact hired replacements in the athletic department.” The Crockett I.S.D.’s response to the suit, filed with the court on Oct. 21, alleges Hunter was originally employed under a probationary contract and that, by her “second year of employment she had still failed to obtain permanent certification and the District was forced to extend another probationary contract and School District Teaching Permit to the Plaintiff for the 2009-2010 school year. “At the end of the 2009-2010 school year Plaintiff (Hunter) still had not obtained the requisite certification. Plaintiff was ultimately dismissed because she failed to obtain permanent certification.” The school district’s legal response also asserts two boys’ coaches and one girls’ coach were eliminated as part of the athletic department’s reduction in force, and than no replacement has been hired for Hunter’s position. In its legal response to Hunter’s action, Crockett I.S.D. states that “Plaintiff has failed to exhaust her administrative remedies and has failed to satisfy jurisdictional require-ments of bringing this action.”

 

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