More fire has been thrown into county supervisors’ ongoing conflict with Natchez-Adams School District leaders after a federal jury said school Superintendent Frederick Hill forced a principal out of her job because she’s white.

Hill was “found guilty” Friday by jurors of racial discrimination and should leave office, said Adams County Supervisor David Carter. “Personally, I think it’s time for him to resign,” he said.

After a week-long trial in U.S. District Court in Natchez, the jury agreed to award former West Elementary School principal Cindy Idom more than $370,000 for the lost wages and other damages she said she suffered.

Hill, who’s black, was the central figure in the discrimination lawsuit Idom filed against him, Assistant Superintendent Tanisha Smith and the school district.

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