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 AD’s Hearing Still on for June 30

June 24, 2009 - As of late Tuesday afternoon, a June 30 hearing date remained set for the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation's embattled athletic director, David Bradford.

Bradford, who coached the Knightstown High School softball team, was placed on paid administrative leave April 24, the day after he allegedly hit one of his players on the arm in the dugout. On May 1, CAB gave Bradford official notice that it planned to meet and consider terminating him.

Under these circumstances, state law allows teachers to request a hearing before the school board votes on whether to terminate the teacher. Bradford, who has worked at CAB since 2003, filed his request for a hearing on May 15.

At its May 19 regular monthly meeting, the school board declined to accept a recommendation from Superintendent Gary Storie that would have saved Bradford's job. Storie's recommendation had been to suspend Bradford without pay for three weeks and subject him to other, unspecified "corrective actions."

While state law normally requires the school board to meet within 30-40 days of when it gives a teacher notice that their contract will be considered for termination, Bradford asked for a continuance. As of this Friday, he will have been off work nine weeks, still drawing pay a $2,136.73 every two weeks according to the terms of his contract.

The Knightstown Police Department had recommended that the Henry County Prosecutor charge Bradford with battery - knowingly or intentionally touching a person in a "rude, insolent, or angry manner" - but no charges have yet been filed. Normally a Class B misdemeanor that can bring up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, battery is a Class A misdemeanor that can result in up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine if the victim suffered bodily injury.

Should Bradford choose to resign, next Tuesday's scheduled hearing could be canceled. As of yesterday afternoon, Storie told The Banner he had received no word from CAB's attorney that Bradford had, through his attorney, submitted his resignation.

If a hearing is held, the school board can opt to hold it behind closed doors, in executive session. The Banner has not yet received official notice required by the state's Open Door Law indicating whether the board will meet privately or publicly if Bradford doesn't resign and a hearing has to be held.

Persons who are interested in attending Bradford's hearing, if held publicly, should contact CAB's central office at 345-5101 on Friday or Monday to confirm whether a resignation has been tendered.


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