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McGhee v. Young

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

May 13, 2014

NINA H. MCGHEE, APPELLANT
v.
DR. VIRGINIA YOUNG, APPELLEE

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: NEWTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. DATE OF JUDGMENT: 02/07/2013. TRIAL JUDGE: HON. MARCUS D. GORDON. TRIAL COURT GRANTED SUMMARY JUDGMENT TO APPELLEE.

FOR APPELLANT: NINA H. MCGHEE (Pro se).

FOR APPELLEE: CHRISTINE CROCKETT WHITE, AMANDA WOODRUFF, ROBERT M. LOGAN JR.

BEFORE GRIFFIS, P.J., ISHEE AND MAXWELL, JJ. LEE, C.J., IRVING AND GRIFFIS, P.JJ., BARNES, ROBERTS, CARLTON, AND FAIR, JJ., CONCUR. MAXWELL, J., CONCURS IN PART AND IN THE RESULT WITHOUT SEPARATE WRITTEN OPINION. JAMES, J., CONCURS IN PART WITHOUT SEPARATE WRITTEN OPINION.

OPINION

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NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - CONTRACT

ISHEE, J.

¶1. Nina H. McGhee was employed as a teacher with the Newton Municipal School District from 2011 through 2012. In January 2012, she applied to participate in a leadership program called the Mississippi Alternative Path to Quality School Leadership Program (MAP). MAP would allow her to obtain an administrator's license. In order to apply, she was required to procure consent from her school-district superintendent, Dr. Virginia Young, as well as a letter of recommendation from Young. Young complied. However, in April 2012, McGhee was notified in a letter signed by Young that the school district would not renew her teaching contract for the 2012-2013 school year. A few days later, McGhee was informed of her acceptance into MAP, which was to begin in the summer of 2012. Since being employed in a Mississippi school system was a requirement for MAP, McGhee was unable to participate in the program due to the non-renewal of her teaching contract. She also had no recourse to challenge the school district's non-renewal of the contract since she was a first-year teacher. McGhee subsequently filed suit against Young, claiming breach of contract. Young filed a motion for summary judgment, claiming a contract never existed. The Newton County Circuit Court agreed and dismissed the case. Aggrieved, McGhee now appeals. Finding no error, we affirm.

STATEMENT OF FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

¶2. McGhee was employed as a first-year teacher in the school district from 2011 through 2012. During that time, she applied to MAP. MAP was a training program for teachers who wished to gain an administrative license offered by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Community College Foundation. One of MAP's requirements for all participants was that each participant be employed in a Mississippi school system while partaking in the program.

¶3. As part of the application process, the superintendent of the applicant's school district was required to sign the application and write a letter of recommendation on the applicant's behalf. The superintendent was also required to state in the recommendation letter that he or she agreed to provide a one-year internship for the applicant in an administrative capacity at a successful school in their district. Young signed McGhee's application and wrote a letter of recommendation on her behalf to accompany the application. In the letter, Young agreed that if McGhee were chosen to participate in MAP, she would afford her the necessary one-year internship in the school district.

¶4. McGhee submitted the application on January 20, 2012. However, on April 5, 2012, she received a letter from the school district, signed by Young, stating that

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McGhee would not be offered a teaching contract for the next school year. Since she was a first-year teacher, she was not ...


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