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 Athletic Director Bradford Still on Paid Leave

June 17, 2009 - Nearly eight weeks after he was alleged to have struck a Knightstown High School softball player on the arm during a game, Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation Athletic Director David Bradford remains on paid leave.

Bradford, who declined to comment on the incident when contacted by The Banner, allegedly hit the player during an April 23 game at KHS, knocking the 17-year-old girl off the dugout bench and leaving a mark on her arm. CAB Superintendent Gary Storie placed Bradford on paid leave the following day, a decision that was ratified by the school board a week later.

Storie conducted an investigation into the matter on behalf of the school corporation and presented his findings to the school board during an executive session May 19. According to records provided to The Banner, Storie planned to recommend that Bradford be suspended for 15 days without pay and "other corrective actions," which were not specified.

The school board did not follow Storie's recommendation, however, and plans to meet to consider terminating his contract. Bradford has requested a hearing, something state statute permits a teacher to have before their contract is terminated.

Bradford's hearing was initially scheduled to occur sometime within 30-40 days from May 1, the date CAB notified him the school board would be considering cancellation of his contract. That date, however, was, according to Storie, continued at Bradford's request, and has been reset for Tuesday, June 30.

According to Storie, the state's Open Door Law permits the school board to hold Bradford's hearing privately behind closed doors in executive session, since they will be receiving information about allegations of misconduct. However, it is also within the school board's discretion to hold the proceedings during a public meeting.

While he remains on leave, CAB continues to pay Bradford, who has a base yearly salary of $59,444 and total compensation package worth $97,120, at the rate of $2,136.73 every two weeks, as his contract requires. Bradford also gets an employment perk that requires him to only pay 25 cents a year toward his health insurance premium, with CAB picking up the tab for the remainder at a cost of $2,259.49 a month.

The Knightstown Police Department, which conducted the initial criminal investigation, filed a report with the Henry County Prosecutor recommending Bradford be charged with battery. As of Tuesday afternoon, however, the prosecutor's office had still not decided whether to file any charges in the case.

The crime of battery -- knowingly or intentionally touching another person "in a rude, insolent, or angry manner" is normally a Class B misdemeanor that can bring up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. If there is bodily injury, however, it is a Class A misdemeanor that can result in up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 

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