Hillsborough considers firing teacher who left Pasco under a cloud

Jeffrey Shank taught and coached in four Tampa Bay area school districts.

He's poised to lose his most recent job, at Freedom High School in New Tampa, at Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting.

Shank joined Freedom this school year as a science teacher, months after he left Pasco's Gulf High School in a scandal that involved inappropriate text messages to a student.

He was removed from the classroom at Freedom on Oct. 12. An investigation centered on whether he had disclosed the circumstances under which he left Gulf.

While at the Pasco school, he sent a series of late night texts to a student, suggesting that they "chill" and commenting on her appearance. The student's parent showed the texts to district officials, who opted not to renew his contract.

Shank acknowledged it was wrong to send the texts and said he did nothing improper in Hillsborough.

In addition to teaching, Shank coached football and basketball. The School Board will vote on his termination.

Hillsborough considers firing teacher who left Pasco under a cloud 01/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 1:12pm]

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