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Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:14 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Jade Ortego and Rebecca LaFlure

Killeen Daily Herald

After more than two years of grievances and appeals, a former special education coordinator on Tuesday lost her suit alleging Killeen Independent School District officials fired her for reporting illegal activity in the district.

In a brief statement Tuesday through his court coordinator, Judge Rick Morris of the 146th District Court granted KISD's request to dismiss the case.

Phyllis Nairn, 52, sued the district in the fall of 2007, claiming she was demoted for reporting sexual harassment at Shoemaker High School and other district wrongdoings. She was terminated in May 2008.

KISD officials maintain they fired her due to performance issues and making false allegations. Nairn said there is no documentation of bad performance.

"The district is pleased with this outcome," KISD officials said in a statement Tuesday.

Nairn plans to appeal in the next 30 days. She insists she had good reasons to report issues with the district.

"I'm not just angry. I have documentation to prove what I'm saying," she said.

The court last acted on the case in July 2009. KISD's attorney, Eric Nordstrom, said he had no comment.

"I don't have anything else to lose," Nairn said. "I'm not just going to drop this."

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