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story.lead_photo.caption Tammy Ferry sits between her attorneys, David Moen, left, and Roger G. Brown, on July 10, 2019, during her hearing in the auditorium in the Miller Performing Arts Center. Photo by Sally Ince / News Tribune.

A case involving the Jefferson City School District will be argued Dec. 9 in Cole County Court.

Former district employee Tammy Ferry appealed the JC Schools Board of Education's decision to fire her in August, after the board concluded she had violated board policies and federal law by transferring electronic files containing student information to a personal account.

Judge Jon Beetem has scheduled an hour for each side to give their arguments.

The school district claims Ferry was "not a school official acting with a legitimate educational interest" when the files were transferred in January according to a brief submitted by attorney Ryan Bertels.

Ferry claims she transferred the files to preserve them for the upcoming trial in her employment discrimination lawsuit against the district; Superintendent Larry Linthacum; and Joe Martin, the district's technology director who was her supervisor, according to court documents.

In addition to overturning her termination, Ferry's appeal also asks the court to award her attorney fees.

Ferry sued the above mentioned in April 2017 alleging retaliation, sex discrimination and a hostile work environment. A trial date is set to be scheduled by mid-December.

Judge John Beger granted permission this week for Ferry's attorney to add new claims in the discrimination lawsuit. No new claims have been filed yet, according to online court records.

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