Judge dismisses former superintendent’s lawsuit

COLUMBUS — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Columbus Municipal School District by former superintendent Martha Liddell.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled to dismiss the case Friday after a telephone conference with lawyers for both parties.

Documents filed with the curt say Burns moved to dismiss the lawsuit, in part, because the district has not yet held Liddell’s termination hearing.

Liddell filed a lawsuit suing for reinstatement as superintendent after she was fired in a 3-2 vote by the board of trustees on June 17 after a four-and-a-half hour executive session.

The Dispatch reported in May that Liddell used school funds to pay for a private party on Dec. 23, 2012.

The party cost the district $447.51. Liddell later reimbursed the district.

Liddell hosted the party at the Trotter Convention Center. Liddell told the newspaper the party was a “personal event” for her friends, family and business acquaintances. In addition to her role as superintendent, Liddell owns a grant-writing company, Success Makers Associates.

The newspaper reported in May that documents it obtained in a Freedom of Information request showed the school district was billed for $259 for food that was served during the 2012 party. In addition, two school district employees worked a total of 16.5 hours resulting in pay of $188.

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