The owner of Central Arkansas Copier filed a lawsuit against the Conway Public School District on Wednesday alleging the district breached its contract with the company.

Rance Patterson doing business as Central Arkansas Copier in the complaint said the district owes him $80,000. In addition to that amount, Patterson will ask a judge to order the district to cover the fees for his attorney in the suit, Joe Don Winningham, as well “prejudgment and post-judgment interest” on the $80,000, according to court documents.

“In 2008 the Plaintiff and Defendant entered into a contract wherein the Plaintiff would take care of all the copying and copy machines for the Conway Public School District,” the complaint reads in part. “Plaintiff performed his obligations under the contract in every respect and relied on the promises of the Defendant under the contract to his detriment. Defendant is now indebted to Plaintiff in the amount of $80,000.00 and Plaintiff prays for judgment against them in that amount.

“Plaintiff has been further damaged by Defendant breach in that he has continued to be responsible for interest on a business that would have been paid in full had Defendant not committed a breach.”

As of press time Thursday, the district had not filed a response.

The Log Cabin Democrat reached out to Conway Public Schools spokesman Heather Kendrick to see if the district wanted to comment and to ask the name of the lawyer who would represent the district in the matter.

Kendrick said late Thursday that the district hadn't heard of any pending litigation with the company.