McFerren still fighting to reclaim job

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More than six months after the Commonwealth Court’s decided that he was unjustly terminated as principal of Farrell High School, the fight for Lee V. McFerren is still not over.

In July 2008, the school board terminated McFerren after he reportedly received several complaints from teachers and board members when he was allegedly hired to “clean-up” the school. Although he received complaints, he also received high evaluation scores.

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LEE V. MCFERREN

In April of 2010 the court found there was a lack of evidence for his termination and decided that he was wrongfully terminated. Shortly after the decision, the Farrell School District filed a petition for an Allowance of Appeal with the Pennsylvania State Sup­reme Court.

It was in September that the petition for an allowance of appeal was denied.

Barbara Seman Ochs, McFerren’s attorney, could not comment on the litigation, but gave a statement stating, “Mr. McFerren is pleased that the Supreme Court has allowed the Commonwealth Court’s decision to be the last word in his fight to be reinstated as principal of Farrell High School.”

According to Ochs, within the last few weeks the School District has filed a request for reconsideration of the decision for an allowance of appeal request. McFerren and his attorney are now waiting for the decision.

Because there is no deadline for the decision, an answer could take weeks or even months.

“In regards to the request for reconsideration, (it has been filed) and Mr. McFerren will wait for the Supreme Court’s decision,” said Ochs.

McFerren’s ultimate goal for this fight is to reclaim his position as principal and says that he always believed that he was doing the right thing for the students and was giving them a better opportunity for life through providing quality education.

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