“My client is happy that they've granted him an appeal,” said attorney Ed Grafton, who filed the lawsuit in Ottawa County Circuit Court on Feb. 23. “If they give him the hearing like they said they're going to give him, then the lawsuit becomes moot.”
The Spring Lake school board voted last week to let Mohrhardt speak his peace in an appellate review scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Lake Middle School media center, 345 Hammond St.
Mohrhardt filed suit against the board seeking an appeal to an administrative decision that makes a written reprimand part of his permanent employment file. The reprimand stems from a comment Mohrhardt made to the parent of a Newaygo basketball player at a Jan. 24 contest between the Lakers and Lions.
Mohrhardt admitted to Spring Lake High School Principal Mike Gilchrist that he told parent Matthew Bradley, “I am not going to kiss (your) butt.” He objected to Gilchrist's reprimand being part of his permanent file.
Mohrhardt's request for a hearing before the board was denied by Superintendent Dennis Furton in a Feb. 21 letter. Furton said it was Mohrhardt's choice of words that warranted the written reprimand and that the context or other details were irrelevant.
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