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Mississippi school leader appeals firing on spending issues

March 5, 2018

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A former school superintendent in northeast Mississippi wants a hearing to appeal his firing.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that Philip Hickman has asked to the hearing after the Columbus school district fired him Feb. 23, four months before the end of his contract.

The school board on Friday hired Jackson lawyer Jim Keith to consult with David Dunn, the regular board lawyer, on the hearing.

The proceeding will be overseen by Starkville attorney Dolton McAlpin. It must be scheduled between five and 30 days after the request.

School board members have been investigating district spending, including Hickman paying $15,000 of district money to a California-based reputation management firm. Hickman says he hired the company to improve search results for himself and the district.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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