Athletics at Garfield hasn't been going very well this year.
First there was an investigation into the football coaches playing ineligible players and the outcomes from that. Now comes word via a Seattle Times story that the Athletic Director, Jim Valiere, has been fired after a long investigation.
From the Times:
The action was taken because of "inappropriate and unprofessional behavior" and "violation of district policies," according to an April 11 termination letter to Valiere from Susan Enfield, Seattle Public Schools interim superintendent. The letter was obtained by The Seattle Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
In addition to being blamed for allowing ineligible student-athletes to play, the letter said Valiere misused district funds, disregarded policy and provided grades students didn't earn.
The investigation also alleged that Valiere misled the KingCo Conference and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) by underreporting the number of ineligible Garfield football players who participated against Sammamish. It also alleged that Valiere hired a club soccer coach as a boys assistant in violation of WIAA rules.
Mr. Valiere has requested an open hearing about the matter. He is quite popular at Garfield and I have to wonder if this is a ploy to get many supporters in the room (most personnel matters are closed door by request of both sides).
Pay for play is part of this as Valiere is alleged to have provided 19 Garfield athletes with what are being called "secret waivers" that allowed them to play without paying. The district says this is improper use of funds. He is also alleged to have given two students grades which they did not earn for a Spanish class.