VIENNA - The Mathews Board of Education intends to terminate the teaching contract of a high school math teacher after receiving numerous complaints from parents and students.
Superintendent Lou Lowery said math teacher Adam Brown, who has been employed with the district for approximately nine years, is "not getting the job done."
The district has been receiving complaints about Brown from parents for two years.
"We've had a heck of a lot of problems with him, as far as parents are concerned," he said.
Some of the complaints involve "a large number of (Brown's) students go to tutors to get help," he said, raising the question as to the effectiveness of Brown's instruction.
Additionally, Lowery said Brown doesn't speak well to the students, even going as far as to make fun of a special education student whose IEP calls for him to leave class to take tests.
"He would make fun of the kid in the classroom in front of the other students," Lowery explained.
During a special meeting Tuesday, the board authorized the treasurer to give notice to Brown that his teaching contract is terminated "for just cause" with specifications pertaining to state law. Lowery said Brown has 10 days to ask for a hearing in front of the board, which must be held within 30 days.
After the hearing, a referee makes a determination which either side can decide not to accept. Lowery said if either side objects to the determination, the matter will be decided in the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas.
Lowery said the board has met with Brown a number of times to resolve the issue with no success. Cases like this can drag on if both parties are in disagreement, and Lowery said he believes it will be quite some time before the issue is fully resolved.
Brown will continue to teach for the remainder of the school year, Lowery said. The last day of school is May 30.