School District, Former Leader Work to Resolve Dispute

Jerry Payne sued the Pine Bluff School District after they fired him.
PINE BLUFF, AR -- A mediator is on hand to help a former school superintendent and a school district resolve a dispute.

Jerry Payne served as the superintendent of Pine Bluff schools about a year before board members terminated his contract.

He sued the district for breach of contract.

Payne claims his termination has brought about significant damages and harm to his reputation.

The mediator hopes to bring both the district and Payne to some type of agreement.

"Mediators are not there to make any judgments or give legal advice but rather to facilitate conversations between the parties," Rick Ramsay said.

Linda Watson, the former superintendent of Little Rock schools, is now leading the Pine Bluff School District.
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