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Controversial Pasco County teacher retires rather than fight for job

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July

Language arts teacher Michael Maynard has proven a lightning rod in his recent two jobs in the Pasco County school district.

He faced suspension and involuntary transfer from River Ridge High School in January, after several students complained about his comments and demeanor. He eventually took a reassignment to Anclote High School, where he found himself on the outs after less than a week in his classroom -- again based on student complaints.

Maynard had planned to fight for his post in front of the School Board. Members were working to schedule a hearing date for his appeal of superintendent Kurt Browning's termination recommendation.

But the veteran teacher has decided to end his battle before that session could take place. He sent a retirement letter to the board late Thursday, with the header "It's Over."

He explained his thinking this way:

"Earlier in the month, to my union appointed attorney and union representative, I submitted a list consisting of 25 administrators, principals, assistant principals and teachers all of whom had one or more children as my students over the course of my 14 year tenure. The idea was to subpoena these people to testify at my district termination hearing on September 20th. Additionally, I provided the names of over 100 former students and parents that would probably attend the hearing on my behalf if their schedules permitted. Because most of the school personnel are on annual contracts, my union attorney and union representative did not want to issue subpoenas to these people. My advocates were concerned that if any of the witnesses said anything positive about me, the witness's school contracts would not be renewed. 'Maynard, you need to get in the real world, we are not going to do anything to jeopardize these people's careers,' my attorney said. And, I had to agree. Given the countless lies, outrageous accusations, and verbal assaults to which I have been subjected, I could not ask, let alone force, someone to testify to the truth."

Download his full letter here

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2016 2:24pm]

    

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