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Third suit claims harassment under former Scott County superintendent

Former Scott County Superintendent Patricia Putty
Former Scott County Superintendent Patricia Putty Submitted

A third lawsuit citing employee harassment during the tenure of former Superintendent Patricia Putty is ongoing.

Lexington Attorney Edward Dove said the case of his client, Tina Alloway, is in the discovery phase.

Alloway, who worked as a bus driver for 12 years, said “despite all my efforts to keep my employment, in the end the lawsuit was the only answer.”

The school denied Alloway’s claims in court documents.

Putty retired from the school district July 1. Since then two other court cases have been filed.

Ashley Hughes, who worked in the internet technology office until April, claims she was harassed and unfairly fired because she refused to list a functioning laptop computer on a surplus property list.

Dove is also representing bus driver Durbin Wallace who filed a suit claiming he had targeted for retaliation because he was one of 28 drivers who filed a grievance against the former director of transportation March 2014. Alloway also signed the grievance.

According to the grievance, obtained by the Herald-Leader, Transportation Director Roy Prince drew a penis on a flip chart during a profanity-filled mandatory meeting with bus drivers. Putty investigated the claims and Prince had done nothing wrong, according to a letter to bus drivers.

Prince, who has been on medical leave since September of 2015, retired from the district July 5. He is on paid leave until October, 2016.

School system officials had no comment about the lawsuits.

Timeline:

▪  2008: Patricia Putty becomes superintendent

▪  October 2013: Roy Prince is hired as Director of Transportation

▪  March 2014: Bus Driver’s allege Prince draws a penis on a flip chart in a profanity filled meeting: 28 drivers file a grievance.

▪  May 2014: Putty finds no violation of policy and says Prince will not be sanctioned.

▪  February, 2015: School board votes not to renew Putty’s contract

▪  March 2015: Bus driver Tina Alloway is fired.

▪  September 2015: Bus Driver Durbin Wallace is charged with assaulting a child, arrested and ultimately fired. He is found not guilty of a lesser charge in February 2016.

▪  September 2015: Prince goes on sick leave

▪ March 2016: Ashley Hughes who works in information technology is fired.

▪ July 2016: Hughes files a lawsuit against the school board, Putty and Chief Information Officer Sheila Setser. New Superintendent Kevin Hub takes office. Prince announces his retirement. Mark Wickersham, school safety director, resigns abruptly.

▪ August 2016: Wallace files a lawsuit against the school board, Georgetown Police

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