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2/14/06-Lindale

Former Lindale ISD Receptionist Claiming Wrongful Termination

An already troubled school district is now facing a new problem. In the last year, Lindale ISD discovered a 2.9 million dollar deficit. A large part of that comes from its self-funded insurance. Now, an employee whose family made about 50 thousand dollars in insurance claims says she was fired for that reason.

Linzie Beasely worked as a receptionist in LISD for more than ten years. On January 25th, she says the school superintendent dropped a bomb on her.

"She said, 'Linzie, the board has asked me to tell you that your services with Lindale ISD are no longer required.'  I said, 'Well what's this about? How come?' Dr. Morrison just looked at me and said, 'Linzie, you'll probably never know," Beasely said.

Since January of 2000, Linzie's husband, Richard, has had skin cancer, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's Disease, totalling about 50 thousand dollars in medical bills...medical bills the financially strapped district was forced to pay.

"Last year we got a first letter indicating that they were possibly going to ask for some of the money, if not all, to be repaid to their system," Richard said.

Linzie says the district was planning on going as far as suing for the money, and it's the money issue that lead the superintendent to fire her.

"In the back of my mind, that's what I felt like it was," Linzie said.

In January, Richard Beasley wrote the district's lawyers. He explained the medical bills were for routine treatments, and said he didn't believe they needed to repay the district. Eleven days later, Linzie was fired. Without her income, and insurance The Beasleys say they are in dire straits. 

"We have canceled doctor's appointments. We haven't had any more prescriptions filled. I don't know what we're going to do," Linzie said.

The Beasley's lawyer has filed a complaint against the district. More than anything, they say they just want Linzie to get her job back.

We contacted the Lindale ISD to get their side of the story. They referred us to the district's attorney. He said, with the pending complaint, he didn't feel it was appropriate to comment.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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