Examiner rules former Chireno coach wrongfully fired

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A mediator in the review of the termination of a former Chireno coach has ruled the coach was wrongfully terminated.

According to Kelli Karczewski, attorney for Chireno ISD, a state hearing examiner ruled the issue the school district had with Pam Muse "did not rise to good cause for termination."

As part of a previous agreement, the district will pay Muse a year's salary and Muse will not return to the school nor will she file a lawsuit against the district.

Muse said Friday morning in a telephone interview that she had accepted a coaching position with Woden ISD. She said she would be an assistant in basketball and head coach in girl's cross country and boys and girls tennis.

The Chireno school board voted to propose terminating the contract of Pam Muse, who has coached at the school for 19 years, in May.

A letter, which school board President Mickey Allen wrote to Muse as a notice of the termination, stated Muse had left a student "at an out-of-district location with no supervision, nor transportation and no contact to the parent or administrator upon knowledge that the student was left behind."

The letter also stated Muse had violated UIL rules regarding scheduling athletic competitions.

As head girls basketball coach Muse led the Lady Owls to eight district championships and a run to the state semifinals in 2003. Chireno made the playoffs in 13 out of 19 years.

Muse said she started the tennis program, and the Lady Owls won 14 out of 16 district titles, including 12 in a row. She also coached the boys tennis team and girls track and cross country.

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