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Longtime Illinois Valley coach and teacher loses court case

Posted by wlpo on October 25, 2016

Former Ottawa High School teacher and coach Tim Burgess has lost a battle trying to get his job back.

On Monday Judge Joseph Hettel upheld the Ottawa school board’s decision early last year to dismiss Burgess after he allegedly made some disparaging remarks about others at the school. The Burgess firing came at a time when there were accusations of bullying against then Superintendent Matt Winchester.

A state board of education officer had argued that Burgess of Utica was improperly dismissed. In September a split school board voted against reinstating Burgess as a teacher.

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