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CAB Grievance Will Be Aired
May 14, 2008 - Immediately after Tuesday's regular monthly meeting, the Charles A. Beard School Board will hold a public hearing on a grievance filed by one of its teachers. Vee Ann Schmidt, eighth grade social studies teacher at Knightstown Intermediate School, filed a grievance after the varsity girls tennis coaching job at Knightstown High School was given to a non-teacher. Although Schmidt had been recommended for the coaching spot by KHS Principal Ray Willsey and Athletic Director David Bradford, the position was given to Cynthia Hammer, a lay coach who led the team last year.
The school board had initially received the recommendation to hire Schmidt from Willsey and Bradford last December, but took no action at that month's meeting. When the issue came up again in January, the board OK'd a second coaching recommendation made at the same time as Schmidt's, but again took no action on the girls tennis coaching position.
Prior to its February 12 meeting, the school board met privately with Bradford in an executive session. Later, during the public meeting that followed, the board approved Hammer as girls tennis coach, but offered no explanation as to why Schmidt, the candidate recommended two months earlier by the high school principal and athletic director, had not been hired.
Under the contract that CAB has with its teachers, all extracurricular coaching positions are to "first be offered to current, qualified faculty members." Schmidt's grievance alleges CAB failed to do this.
Next Tuesday's hearing, which is tentatively set to begin around 8:30 p.m., right after the board's regular monthly meeting, is open to the public. It will be held in the board's meeting room at CAB's central office at 345 N. Adams St., Knightstown.
The CAB School Board will have 10 days after Tuesday's hearing to issue a decision on Schmidt's grievance. If the board fails to issue a ruling within that time, or if Schmidt does not receive a favorable ruling, the matter may proceed to arbitration.
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