Pending in Franklin County’s Circuit Court is a lawsuit against the Washington School District.
It was filed by Tim Raines, Eureka, a retired U.S. Navy officer, who was the instructor in the Navy’s JROTC program until he was dismissed last spring.
Raines filed a charge of discrimination with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the commission in August ruled that Raines had the right to sue. Court records say the amount in controversy exceeds $25,000. Raines “demands a trial by jury,” according to court records.
Raines began teaching in the district in 2014 as the senior naval science instructor. The program also includes cadets from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.
In his petition, Raines alleges the district used donated funds for uniforms for the cadets for other purposes and alleges it was an improper use of the funds. Washington Chapter 324 of the Korean War Veterans Association raised about $36,000 for uniforms for the cadets.
Raines also alleges there was some discouragement by the district as to the JROTC program.
Raines was removed from his teaching duties in February 2017 and was told he could resign. In March 2017 he was informed his contract would not be renewed and he was banned from entering district property and attending district events.
Raines seeks a judgment against the district “in an amount to be established at trial, plus his costs and other relief deemed appropriate.” On other counts, he alleges discrimination because of his sex, seeks an “amount to be determined at trial, reinstatement, or if not appropriate, front pay; for his attorney fees, costs and other relief the court deems appropriate.”
Both the plaintiff and defendant in the suit are represented by St. Louis law firms.