Two Breathitt County schools employees file federal lawsuit

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT/Lexington Herald Leader) - Just days after the state took over the Breathitt County school system, two employees are suing the district.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports an attorney representing assistant superintendent Charles David Napier and transportation director Steve Banks filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court.

Former superintendent Arch Turner, former board member George Daniel Strong, current board members Shirley Hudson, Ina Southwood and Bobby Gross along with former interim superintendent Melanie Stevens were named in the suit.

Court documents show Napier alleges following the arrest and resignation of Turner on vote buying charges, he was passed up for the superintendent's position because he gave the FBI information in the case.

Banks contends turner demanded he pay money to support Strong, the former school board member, in the May 2010 primary.

Documents show when Banks refused, Turner threatened his job.

The two are seeking an unspecified amount of damages in the case.

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