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Court rules in favor of former Scotts Bluff School Board member

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A Scotts Bluff County judge has dismissed claims of a former Scottsbluff High School Spanish teacher in a high profile civil case. 

In March, 2012, Pat Sulu resigned from her teaching position at Scottsbluff High School after she was told to change the way she taught upper level Spanish.
Sulu alleged that then school board member Kim Magana and former Spanish teacher Luke Keener drafted a complaint letter and encouraged students to sign it before submitting it to the Superintendent. 

Sulu, a teacher with 25 years of experience at Scottsbluff High School, says she had to give up tenure and faced a longer commute to her job in Kimball following the 'forced' resignation. 

Judge Leo Dobrovolny ruled that Magana's actions were both as a board member and a parent, and her mission was to improve the curriculum. He noted that the "poor and unproductive work relationship" between Keener and Sulu had been developing for quite some time, which gave rise to this case. Dobrovolny added that the letter set in motion a chain of events which apparently led to Sulu's decision to resign, but the actions of Magana in facilitating the letter are not unjustified. 

Dobrovolny granted a motion for summary judgement, and today he dismissed Sulu's claims . 
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