You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Students, parents rally to support teacher

Online petition urges others to stand up for teacher in threat of contract non-renewal.


Hundreds have signed a petition to protest a principal’s recommendation to not renew the contract for a Northeastern High School social studies teacher.

Northeastern Local Schools Superintendent Lou Kramer will give his recommendation on whether or not to renew the contract for Greg Mann at a 6 p.m. Thursday school board meeting at Kenton Ridge High School, 4444 Middle Urbana Road. The board also is scheduled to vote on the issue.

“At the end of the day, the school board is the one who is going to make the decision, but I really hope they take the voice of students into consideration,” said Holly Riggle, a concerned parent who started a change.org petition and has rallied support for Mann.

As as of Friday afternoon, the online petition had almost 300 signatures from students and others who want Mann to stay.

The district hasn’t provided Mann any reasons why the principal recommended not renewing his contract.

The superintendent declined to comment on Mann’s situation, saying it was an ongoing personnel matter. A review of his personnel record found only two disciplinary write-ups, one for leaving his class unattended once and another for distributing a note in class seeking support for his contract renewal, both in March.

Mann also declined to comment, but issued a statement: “I firmly believe in the democratic process of the United States on the national, state and local levels. I will respect and trust the decision of our Northeastern Local School Board.”

Mann is an amazing teacher, Riggle said, and her daughter came home in tears after learning the news.

Brad Minerd, a concerned resident and the older brother of a Northeastern High student, signed the online petition and sent a letter to the school board.

“I’ve asked the school board to answer three questions: Is Mr. Mann teaching in an unethical manner? Is Mr. Mann’s behavior in or out of the classroom inappropriate? Is he not teaching according to the curriculum that they’ve approved?” Minerd said. “Or is there something that they’re not telling us, because that’s my biggest concern.”

For the first four years of an Ohio teacher’s career, they sign a one-year, limited contract, which is renewed on a year-to-year basis. Mann has served four years and if the school district were to offer him a new contract, it would be for a three-year commitment, Kramer said. Teachers are notified by April 30 whether or not the school board has decided to re-employ them, according to the Ohio Education Association.

School districts aren’t required to give teachers a list of reasons why their contracts are or aren’t renewed until after a school board vote. It is Northeastern’s policy that after the vote, the teacher can then request reasons and receive a hearing with the board, Kramer said.

Both Riggle and Minerd said they signed the petition and will attend the school board meeting. School board members are elected officials, Minerd said, and residents’ concerns should be their priority.

“School board members, educators and principals normally beg the community to get involved and when you have 400 people saying they’re going to come to a board meeting, the board should realize something big is going on,” he said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate #MuslimWomensDay
5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate #MuslimWomensDay

Monday, March 27, marks the first-ever Muslim Women’s Day — a day for Muslim women to share their stories and for others to celebrate them during Women’s History Month. Created by MuslimGirl.com with the help of dozens of media groups and websites, the day is an opportunity to “hear from a community that’s often talked...
Triad schools spend more than $400K on new, safer windows
Triad schools spend more than $400K on new, safer windows

The Triad Local School District will spend more than $400,000 to replace windows at the elementary and middle school. The board of education voted to approve the two projects during a March regular school board meeting. The money will come out of the district’s general funds. “The most important role of a school building is to keep kids...
Jurors quizzed on views of Muslims in Warren County shooting trial
Jurors quizzed on views of Muslims in Warren County shooting trial

The jury in the trial of Mohammed Laghaoui on Tuesday will visit the scene of a shooting last June in Warren County that left a sheriff’s deputy wounded and the area on lockdown. The jury was selected in six hours Monday, about the same amount of time from the start of the June incident until Laghaoui, now 20, returned to the Orchards of Landen...
Gator pit searched for remains of missing high school student in cold case
Gator pit searched for remains of missing high school student in cold case

A federal investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a New York teenager has led FBI agents to gator-infested woods in South Carolina. According to the Post and Courier, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel sneaked away from her home in Rochester, New York, to spend spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Drexel was last seen in security footage at...
'Little People, Big World' star Matt Roloff makes announcement about his love life
'Little People, Big World' star Matt Roloff makes announcement about his love life

Matt Roloff is dating again. On Sunday, the “Little People, Big World” patriarch shared a photo confirming he has a new woman in his life. >> Read more trending news  “Broke away for a day of relaxing at the beautiful Oregon coast. Is anybody else doing something special this spring break? Love love to you all,” he...
More Stories