You don’t see this very often. This is a followup in the West Bend Daily News to the firing of Don Gruber a few weeks ago.
By NICHOLAS DETTMANN
Former West Bend East girls basketball coach Don Gruber was offered his position back after a grievance meeting with West Bend School District Superintendent Ted Neitzke and Chief Operations Officer Valley Elliehausen.
Gruber declined the offer, upset the school administration would jeopardize the eligibility of its students.
On Monday, West Bend School District Superintendent Ted Neitzke issued an apology to East girls basketball players, parents and coaches at the School Board meeting for the way the situation was handled.
Neitzke said after Monday’s meeting he wouldn’t comment on whether there will be any disciplinary action for Hansen or others involved.
“We did the right thing; we did the process in the wrong order,” Neitzke said.
What actually happened here is still murky. What we know is that Gruber was fired for unstated reasons but it was presumed that it was because of his team’s poor winning record; he filed a grievance; he was offered his job back but refused because of the conditions offered; and now the superintendent is publicly apologizing. Clearly, something was seriously amiss with the firing.