4/16/14 – 5:06 A.M.
An appeals court has sided with a fired Liberty-Benton teacher. The Courier reports the 3rd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the firing of Mark Badertscher Wednesday. The ruling upholds a prior judgement by Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson that Badertscher should be reinstated to his job with back pay.
The LB school board fired Badertscher in January of 2013 for what was called a long history of negligence. The board claimed the final straw came when a student was choked out by another student in Badertscher’s classroom while the teacher was assisting other students elsewhere.
The district can appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The matter will be discussed in executive session at Monday’s school board meeting. District administrators did not comment following the appeals court ruling.
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