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Jury seated in Petrilli lawsuit

Testimony will begin Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court in a former principal's civil suit against the Fayette County Board of Education and Superintendent Stu Silberman.

A jury of five men and nine women, including two alternates, was seated late Wednesday afternoon after a jury selection process that lasted much of the day.

Things moved slowly because of time required to weed out people in the jury pool who either work for or have close relatives working for the Fayette school system.

There also was a delay while attorneys worked through what Circuit Judge James Ishmael described as a "legal issue." The trial could take up to six days, Ishmael said.

Peggy Petrilli, who sued the Fayette schools last year, says the district forced her out of her job as principal of the Booker T. Washington Academy in 2007 because she is white and many parents wanted an African-American principal. Petrilli ultimately was replaced by a principal who is black.

The school district contends that Petrilli resigned voluntarily.

Petrilli is seeking millions of dollars in damages.

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