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Judge upholds Brad Bolding's termination

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A North Little Rock High School football coach fired earlier this year loses another battle in fighting to get his job back.

A circuit court judge ruled against Brad Bolding on Thursday saying the district's reasons for termination were valid.

Bolding faced Circuit Judge Tim Fox Thursday, November 5 to argue that the school district violated the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act when they fired him. Judge Fox ruled against Bolding.North Little Rock Superintendent Kelly Rogers explained, "I don't see it as a win for the district or for anybody."

Rogers stated that they fired Bolding over his failure to follow purchasing and inventory practices, and his recruitment of a star player.

The district argues Bolding recruited wide receiver KJ Hill and offered his father monetary benefits. Bolding's attorney David Couch said that the district did not follow standard protocol. "The investigation to that KJ Hill thing has to be fair and impartial," said Couch. "They just looked at that one check to Mr. Peterson and assumed that that meant there was some sort of impropriety."

Bolding testified for at least an hour. Couch argued that the school district didn't follow proper guidelines before firing him. "If you look at the Fair Dismissal Act, the thing is, that you're going to try to terminate a coach for, it has to occur in that calendar year."

The act requires the school to document a teacher's actions and show efforts to correct a situation. Couch argues it was not the case with his client. "All of the purchases especially of this equipment, I mean he was given an evaluation in June of 2013 and it was perfect."

At the end, the judge said Couch failed to prove the school didn't follow protocol. North Little Rock Superintendent Kelly Rogers explained, "My heart goes out to everyone, every time we have to do something like this."

Attorney David Couch stressed that he will be ready to appeal Judge Tim Fox's decision before Thanksgiving. 


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