Former Male High principal David Mike appeal hearing set for Dec - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Former Male High principal David Mike appeal hearing set for Dec. 9

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Former Louisville Male High School principal David Mike will get the chance to fight to get his job back during an appeal hearing that has been set for next month.

The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to a letter sent to Jefferson County Public Schools and Mike on Wednesday.

Click HERE to read a copy of the letter.

The notice comes less than two weeks after Mike was fired by Superintendent Donna Hargens for "conduct unbecoming of a teacher."

Two days later, Mike and his attorney, William Walsh, filed an appeal with the state, stating that Mike didn't do anything wrong and requested a tribunal to hear the case.

Under state law, the three-member tribunal consisting of a teacher, an administrator and a lay person, none of whom reside in Jefferson County, will conduct an administrative hearing and determine whether or not Mike can get his job back.

Susan Durant with the Kentucky Attorney General's office will serve as the hearing officer, according to the state's letter, which also states that the education department is still in the process of identifying those who will serve on the tribunal.

The hearing may be public or private at the discretion of Mike.

Walsh has said he and Mike have not yet determined whether they will ask for a public hearing.

The law states that if after the hearing the decision of the tribunal is against termination of the contract, "the suspended teacher shall be paid his full salary for any period of suspension."

If the tribunal rules against Mike, the law says he has the right to appeal the decision to Jefferson Circuit Court.

Mike received his termination letter from Hargens on Oct. 28, nearly a year after testing improprieties were first alleged at Male High School. The letter said Mike did not create a proper testing environment and that he told a teacher to destroy documents.

The district's investigation took place following a separate investigation by the Kentucky Department of Education, which found that several violations occurred at Male High as a result of Mike and two other staffers' failure to "ensure the security" of ACT Compass exams given during the fall of 2013.

The two other Male High staffers involved in the testing scandal, guidance counselor Rhonda Branch and former teacher Debbie Greenberg, are also under investigation by the district. 

Greenberg retired from JCPS on July 1, while Branch remains employed but has been reassigned to central office duty pending the outcome of the district's separate investigation.

District officials said as of Friday, there had been no conclusion to Branch's investigation.

Mike, Greenberg and Branch still face a proceeding before the Kentucky Educational Standards Board as a result of the Kentucky Department of Education's investigation.

The board, which controls teacher certifications, acts mostly in secret when handling disciplinary cases, so it's hard to determine where exactly the cases against the three educators stand.

Mike was making $141,000 as Principal of Male High School.

JCPS has posted the Male High principal job. The deadline to apply is Nov. 28.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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