Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Second Kinavey Lawsuit Dismissed Motion Targets Directors' Computer Data

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Second Kinavey Lawsuit Dismissed Motion Targets Directors' Computer Data

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During the same week that fired West Jefferson Hills superintendent Terry Kinavey saw a second lawsuit pertaining to her termination dismissed, her attorney filed a motion in Common Pleas Court aimed in part at getting all school board members to turn over any emails or documents from their personal computers that pertain to the events surrounding Mrs. Kinavey's termination.

Mrs. Kinavey was fired in September 2010 after a termination hearing that lasted through 15 sessions from January to May 2010. She was accused of improperly intervening to block the hiring of high school English and reading teacher Denise Breisinger and not being forthcoming about her actions after the fact.

She has filed multiple legal actions over her suspension and termination. The first was a federal civil rights suit that was dismissed for the second time in December 2010. Next was an appeal of her termination filed in Common Pleas Court in October in which Mrs. Kinavey's attorney, Ernest DeHaas, claimed Mrs. Kinavey had been denied information including emails and other documents on the district's computers that she needed for her defense. The appeal was followed in July by a lawsuit directed specifically at board President Shauna D'Alessandro and district solicitor Ira Weiss.

The suit against Mrs. D'Alessandro and Mr. Weiss was dismissed in Common Pleas Court on Nov. 2.

In that suit, Mrs. Kinavey, through Mr. DeHaas, accused Mrs. D'Alessandro of gathering information used to terminate Mrs. Kinavey and of influencing other board members to go along with her. She accused Mr. Weiss of a conflict of interest by advising her at the same time he was working with the board to conduct an investigation of her actions.

Similar accusations are made in Mrs. Kinavey's appeal of her termination.

In response to the appeal filing, Common Pleas Judge Alan Hertzberg in May remanded the case back to the school board and ordered that the district provide for Mrs. Kinavey the information that her attorney alleged she had been denied and to hold additional hearing sessions based on any new information uncovered.

As part of that case, on Nov. …

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