BEAUMONT – On March 9, the Port Arthur Independent School District had its motion for judgment nunc pro tunc denied by a district judge, shutting down the district’s attempt to revert a judgment in a discrimination suit.
The case stems from a suit brought by Ingrid Shores, a white woman who sued PAISD for discrimination on Dec. 23, 2014 in Jefferson County District Court.
The case was called up for trial on Dec. 12.
On Dec. 19, a jury found race was not a motivating factor when PAISD opted not to renew the white teacher’s employment contract.
The next day, the trial court signed off on a final judgment accepting the jury’s findings, court records show.
On Feb. 1, PAISD filed its motion, which states the current judgment does not faithfully correspond to the judgment rendered on Dec. 20.
PAISD argues the Dec. 20 judgment correctly rendered attorney’s fees to the district, but failed to include the dollar amount of $65,695.
The decision to deny was handed down by Judge Baylor Wortham, 136th District Court.
In her suit, Shores alleged the district terminated her for engaging in protected free speech. Shores further argued the district made decisions concerning her employment and advancement based on the color of her skin.
Missouri City attorney Larry Watts represents Shores.
The district is represented by Melody Chappell, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Wells, Peyton, Greenberg & Hunt.
Case No. D-196538