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Athletic director files lawsuit against SL Public Schools

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:24 AM

According to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Ottawa County Circuit Court, Cavin Mohrhardt is seeking an appeal after being “written up” by Gilchrist for a response Mohrhardt made to the parent of a Newaygo basketball player at a Jan. 24 contest between the Lakers and Lions.

The parent, Matthew Bradley, e-mailed Gilchrist the next day, suggesting he was harassed by a Spring Lake student; and indicated that after a discussion with Mohrhardt, the athletic director told him, “I am not going to kiss your butt.”

Mohrhardt admitted to using that phrase; but when a reprimand was placed in his file, requested an appeal before the board in a Feb. 17 letter to Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton.

“The written reprimand that is proposed for my employment record is based on an incorrect understanding of the totality of events that occurred on Jan. 24, 2012,” Mohrhardt wrote.

The athletic director said there are witnesses to the incident, but that district leaders did not interview them.

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