Board Members Testify Firings Were Not Gender-Based

Published 08/14 2012 05:44PM

Updated 08/17 2012 04:41PM

    Day two of testimony in the case of two former employees of a Wichita Falls private school who claim they were terminated because of their gender gave school board members the opportunity to tell jurors why they voted to terminate the employment of the women.
    The plaintiffs are Robbie Kelly, who worked as the development director for Christ Academy, and Keven Robertson, who was the head master of Christ Academy.
    Court documents state the two claim they were fired from the school because one faculty member used his influence with board of trustee members and Christ Academy's biggest donor to make sure women were removed from top positions at the school.
    Tuesday afternoon, a woman who served as a Christ Academy board of trustee member during Kelly and Robertson's employment testified on behalf of the school.
    The board member says she took it upon herself to call families whose children attend the school, though she didn't know those families.
    She says she learned about 23 families were planning on leaving Christ Academy, so she felt like something needed to be done to show parents board members were listening to their concerns.
    Earlier in testimony, a male board member testified he saw Robertson's hesitation in making a decision about the employment future of Tommy Sugg, athletic director of the school, as a lack of leadership.
    Attorneys for Kelly claim Sugg has close ties with board members as well as the school's biggest donor, and is the same man who told Kelly "men didn't want to be sitting across the table from women during business deals."

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