Classroom to Courtroom: Principal takes legal action against MPS

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Public School officials ordered Wares Ferry Elementary School Principal Ozella Ford to turn over her keys and leave campus in late January. The move left many parents scratching their heads.

Now, new information on why Ford was dismissed is coming to light, and she's going to court.

According to legal documents filed Wednesday, the school system placed Ford on paid administrative leave while it investigated allegations of 'professional misconduct'. Her name remains on the school's website, however.

Ford claims the school system has yet to tell her what she's accused of doing and she's now seeking legal action. She filed papers in an attempt to stop the board from placing her on administrative leave. She's also alleging the school board breached its contract with her.

She believes the school systems' administrative leave is actually "a suspension with pay with no definable limits or restrictions."

Also in court documents, Ford says the conduct of the board has prohibited her from fulfilling her contractual obligations as principal; denied her contractual right to perform those duties, she says the move has damaged her reputation and harmed her opportunities for future employment.

Ford is demanding know the allegations against her, but the Montgomery County School System isn't speaking. A spokesperson says they don't discuss pending litigation.

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