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School suit put off

A lawsuit filed by former Liberty County School System Chief Financial Officer Roger Reese against former LCSS Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee and the Board of Education has been continued until the next term.

Reese’s attorney, Matthew Billips, was in court Thursday and told Superior Court Judge Paul Rose that all parties are still in discovery.

Rose then asked the court clerk to move the case to the next term. This means the case will not be heard until sometime in 2018.

The suit, filed April 11, demands Reese be reinstated as the finance director with full salary, lost wages and benefits and that the record of his termination be expunged.

The suit alleges Lee and the LCSS violated the Georgia Whistleblower Act and were in breach of Reese’s employment contract.

He claims his firing was retaliation for opposing Lee during a search for new banking services.

According to public records, Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, superintendent of Clayton County Schools, and Dr. Elgin Dixon, superintendent of Twiggs County Schools, have depositions set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at Woolf Law in Savannah.

Billips has requested both to bring personnel file and records with regards to the application for and/or employment of Lee.

Lee was employed at both school districts in the past.

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