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Trial date set in teacher suit

A June trial has been set in the case of Torril Purvis, a former Lake Tahoe Unified School district teacher alleging she was fired after it was discovered she’s gay.

Purvis is seeking undisclosed damages in claiming she was given a notice of dismissal during the 2004-05 school year, when she was a math teacher at South Tahoe Middle School, after she brought her partner to an after-school birthday party.

The district replied to her claims, saying her dismissal was not related to her being gay and she would have been released for “after-acquired evidence of misconduct,” according to court documents.

Beth Curtis, Purvis’ attorney, and Gayle Tonon, counsel for the district, have a chance to try to settle the case by either using the court’s assistance or a private mediator. The trial is set for June 25.

– William Ferchland

Candidates forum is Oct. 9

The South Tahoe Association of Realtors will host a City Council Candidates Forum on Oct. 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Branch, El Dorado County Library, located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. Three City Council seats are to be filled, with six candidates running in this year’s election.

This forum, which is open to the public, is intended to give our community the opportunity to learn more about the candidates in preparation for voting in the Nov. 7 election. For information contact the South Tahoe Association of Realtors, (530) 541-7007.

– Staff report

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