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 CAB Releases Info on Teacher Suspension

February 14, 2007 - Four weeks after one its teachers was suspended with pay, the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation has finally released details about what led to the suspension.

On Tuesday, CAB Superintendent David McGuire provided The Banner with a copy a letter of “formal reprimand” issued to physical education teacher Perry Nash on February 9. In the letter, McGuire reveals that Nash’s punishment resulted from an incident at Purdue University involving alcohol and underage drinking.

“It has come to my attention you attended an event on the Purdue campus where alcohol was served or being consumed by former students of this school who were less than 21 years of age,” McGuire wrote in the letter to Nash. “You appeared in photographs with such students either consuming alcohol or appearing to consume alcohol. I consider this to be very poor professional judgment on your behalf. … It is the expectation of the administration of this school that its staff not endorses (sic) or appears (sic) to endorse underage drinking.”

McGuire told The Banner on Tuesday that the incident at Purdue happened last fall, although he did not know the exact date. As for how the photos of Nash were brought to his attention, McGuire said he had seen printed copies of the photos, and had seen them posted on the MySpace website.

The letter of reprimand was issued by McGuire as part of a settlement CAB reached with Nash at the end of last week. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Nash, who was also an assistant basketball coach and track coach, tendered his resignation, which will take effect at the end of the school year.

Although he will remain employed by CAB through the end of June, Nash will not be returning to his duties as a PE teacher and coach. Instead, Nash, a CAB employee since the fall of 2004, will spend the rest of his time with CAB at the central office where he will, according to the settlement, “work on assignments deemed appropriate by the superintendent.” He will be paid at his current rate of pay, which is based on an annual salary of $38,043.50, and will receive his coaching stipend for basketball and any part of the track stipend he has already received.

Since Nash’s suspension last month, substitute teacher Angel Bradford, wife of CAB Athletic Director, Dave Bradford, has assumed his PE teaching duties. McGuire told The Banner yesterday that he didn’t feel it would be a good idea for Nash to return to his teaching position.

“Basically,” said McGuire, “we simply don’t feel that’s good modeling for our students.”

Attempts to reach Nash for comment on this story were not successful. The Banner was told on Tuesday by central office staff that, due to weather conditions that resulted in the cancellation of classes, Nash had not been required to work that day.

 

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