A state district judge has dismissed the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former school system facilities supervisor Thad Welch.

Welch, who filed his lawsuit shortly after he was terminated in November, became the center of several controversies the administration of former Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper had to deal with.

Welch and his attorney, Lane Roy, said they planned to appeal the case to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Welch was hired by the board in March 2012, but some board members did not realize he did not yet have a high school diploma or GED, something that was required of the position.

The board later voted to terminate Welch, but Cooper kept him on. Cooper allegedly used several accounting gimmicks to keep Welch on the district's payroll, even after school board members voted to defund the position.

[via KATC]