Liberty-Benton to appeal judge’s ruling on teacher

The Liberty-Benton school board is seeking to appeal a Hancock County judge’s ruling that the district failed to prove it had good cause for firing a teacher.

At its 7 a.m. special meeting today, the board approved a motion to appeal the decision, which pertained to the termination of Mark Badertscher, to the court of appeals.

Liberty-Benton fired Badertscher, a 22-year veteran with the district, following a May 2012 incident between two unsupervised students.

When Badertscher briefly left his classroom, one student put another student in a chokehold, and the student being choked briefly lost consciousness. Badertscher noticed nothing wrong upon his return to the classroom, according to Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson.

“There’s things that you do that are right for the kids and the board thinks that this is what’s right for them,” said Superintendent Jim Kanable.

Badertscher attended the meeting but chose not to speak during the time for public comments. Badertscher, however, did tell The Courier he thinks its time for the district to stop fighting the court’s ruling.

“At some point the taxpayers have to stand up and make the school district accountable for something they’ve already been told they’re wrong about,” Badertscher said.

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