A 45-year-old exceptional education teacher at Eastside Elementary School, facing termination after the district found that she was too rough with students, will fight for her job.
Lisa Studer, through a letter from her attorney, Mark Herdman, has requested a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, School Board attorney Paul Carland told board members Tuesday.
The board voted to suspend Studer without pay until the matter is resolved. Superintendent Bryan Blavatt has recommended that the board terminate Studer's contract.
A district investigation concluded that Studer, who co-teaches inclusion classes, was overly aggressive in her handling of students in recent months, often pulling on the arms and clothing of children who would not follow directions. In one case, according to a witness, Studer pulled the shirt collar of a student who put his head down on his desk.
Studer, who started with the district in 1999, denies the allegations.
The judge would review the facts in the case and then make a nonbinding recommendation to the district on whether there is just cause for firing Studer. Carland said he hoped the hearing would happen by early August.