The decision by the Northeastern School Board to not renew a teacher's contract for next school year continues to unfold with a hearing scheduled for early June.
Greg Mann, a social studies teacher at Northeastern High School, was offered a courtesy hearing in front of the school board after the board voted to not renew his contract on April 15, said Superintendent Lou Kramer. The hearing will be held during a closed, executive session on June 5, he added.
An April 30 letter addressed to Mann by Kramer, the superintendent states the reasoning for ending Mann's contract after the current school year was because of concerns brought up by the school principal during his two evaluations during the school year, Mann's "difficulty in receiving constructive criticism," and his behavior after the recommendation was made public when he used his "influence and position as a teacher to advocate for his own best interests," Kramer wrote in the letter.
Hundreds of concerned students and parents attended the April school board meeting and voiced their concern's over the principal and superintendents recommendation to not return Mann to his teaching position in the fall of 2014. Those supporters left the meeting after yelling shouts of disapproval when the board subsequently voted to follow the administrations' recommendation.
A week after the April school board meeting, Mann was put on paid administrative leave and a substitute teacher will fill his position until the end of the school year.