No. 86-1081.

881 F.2d 906 (1989)

Norma J. WARE, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 492, BUTLER COUNTY, STATE OF KANSAS; Board of Education, Unified School District No. 492, Butler County, State of Kansas and Larry L. Geil, Superintendent of Schools, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

August 4, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Philip A. Hamm, El Dorado, Kan., for plaintiff-appellant.

Mary Kathleen Babcock (Timothy B. Mustaine with her, on the brief), of Foulston, Siefkin, Powers & Eberhardt, Wichita, Kan., for defendant-appellee, Unified School Dist. No. 492.

Daniel J. Sevart, of Sevart & Sevart, Wichita, Kan., for defendant-appellee, Larry L. Geil.

Before McKAY, SEYMOUR, and BARRETT, Circuit Judges.

SEYMOUR, Circuit Judge.

Norma Ware brought this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (1982) against Unified School District No. 492, the District school board, and Larry Geil, the District superintendent. Ware, who had been Geil's secretary and the school board clerk, alleged that defendants terminated her employment in retaliation for her exercise of free speech rights protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The district court assumed that Ware's speech was...

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