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Wallace v. Greenville Pub. Sch. Dist.

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

April 1, 2014

TONYA WALLACE, APPELLANT
v.
GREENVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, APPELLEE

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. DATE OF JUDGMENT: 10/19/2012. TRIAL JUDGE: HON. MARGARET CAREY-MCCRAY. TRIAL COURT SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED IN FAVOR OF APPELLEE.

FOR APPELLANT: RANDON ISAAC DORSEY.

FOR APPELLEE: WILLIE GRIFFIN.

BEFORE LEE, C.J., ROBERTS AND JAMES, JJ. LEE, C.J., IRVING AND GRIFFIS, P.JJ., BARNES, ISHEE, ROBERTS, CARLTON, MAXWELL AND FAIR, JJ., CONCUR.

OPINION

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NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - CONTRACT

JAMES, J.

¶1. Tonya Wallace filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Greenville Public School District (GPSD), alleging ordinary breach of contract, and willful, malicious, and intentional breach of contract. The Washington County Circuit Court granted summary judgment in favor of the GPSD, finding that Wallace's suit was barred by the applicable statute of limitations. Finding no error, we affirm.

FACTS

¶2. Wallace began her employment with the GPSD on April 22, 2001, upon entering into a one-year contract. The contract was renewed annually. In October 2006, Wallace was assigned to Solomon Middle School as a language-arts teacher. According to Wallace, on October 27, 2006, the principal instructed her to change the grades of certain students for reasons that Wallace felt were " unethical and illegal" ; therefore, she refused to comply. Wallace claims that, as result, the principal " set upon a course of conduct toward [Wallace] which ultimately lead [sic] to her being forced to resign or being terminated." Wallace tendered her resignation by letter dated December 6, 2006. The letter stated:

I, Tonya Wallace, am resigning from the position of teacher effective December 31, 2006. After a long, hard thought process, I have come to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of the children to give them the opportunity to have a fresh start for the up and coming semester.

¶3. Wallace filed her complaint against the GPSD in the Circuit Court of Washington County on December 21, 2009. The complaint alleged willful and malicious breach of her contract of employment. In her complaint, Wallace alleged that " because she would not participate in the illegal activity," the principal " violated her authoritative rights as a teacher[,] . . .

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[and] she was wrongfully deprived of her existing contract and subsequent contracts." Wallace sought actual and compensatory damages and punitive ...


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