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Attorneys for the Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD) had a busy two weeks in court, defending separate litigations accusing the district of wrongful termination and retaliation.

In a case that was described by PAISD attorneys as “settled” on Oct. 23, the school district was defending allegations that it wrongfully terminated former special education teacher Edna Edwards in 2006.

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Speculation and suspicion have been swirling around Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Johnny Brown’s abrupt leave of absence. According to district assistant superintendent Mark Porterie, Brown has been out of the office since last week, and a return date has not been set.

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Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.

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