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Northridge teacher fired because of poor performance, school says

Kevin Pack suddenly stopped teaching at Northridge High School more than a month ago. In a meeting on Wednesday, April 2, school board members voted to cancel his teaching contract, offering few details on why.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.

After a month of offering few details on a Northridge teacher's sudden disappearance from the classroom, the Middlebury school board called a special meeting Wednesday, April 2, to address the issue.

Board president David Black called the 7 p.m. meeting to order, accepted a unanimous vote to cancel Kevin Pack's teaching contract and adjourned the meeting — all by 7:02 p.m.

Pack, who was hired by the school corporation in August 2013, stopped teaching his German classes in late February or early March. School administration wouldn't answer questions about Pack at the time, saying the board hadn't taken any formal action.

A reason for Pack's dismissal was not mentioned by the board Wednesday, but Superintendent Jane Allen distributed a press release stating Pack "was merely a poor teacher, whose overall performance regressed throughout the school year and showed no potential for improvement."

School boards typically approve the termination, hiring and resignation of employees during regularly scheduled meetings as part of a consent agenda.

Allen said Wednesday that Pack's dismissal wasn't handled at a regular meeting because the board "wanted to get it out of the way."

She said the board hadn't acted earlier because of a "due process" that had to be followed.

The release said the process to formally cancel a teacher's contract could take up to 45 days "depending on the choices made by the teacher."

"If a teacher or employee is being disciplined or dismissed because of simple sub-par performance, Middlebury Community Schools will respond when final action is taken and as required by Indiana law," the release said. "To ensure the integrity of the teacher or employee's rights, no comments will be made until the due process runs its course."

You can read the press release from Middlebury Community Schools at their website.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks




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