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Teacher Joe Quigley won't be reinstated, Oklahoma City School District says

BY DAWN MARKS Modified: September 15, 2009 at 10:31 am •  Published: September 15, 2009
Terminated teacher Joe Quigley said he will fight the Oklahoma City School District’s decision not to reinstate him.

After an executive session Monday, school board members voted to appeal Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton’s Aug. 25 ruling to return Quigley to the classroom. He was an English teacher at Northwest Classen High School. Board members Angela Monson and Wilfredo Santos Rivera voted against the motion.

"We’re very disappointed. We feel like the court’s ruling was logical and well-supported,” said Timothy Melton, an attorney representing Quigley.

Quigley’s attorneys said they will take legal action as soon as possible to get him back in the classroom and on the payroll. Quigley was on paid leave pending the judge’s decision in district court, but board members decided Monday he will no longer be paid.

"This has been a trying time for the Oklahoma City Public School system, and as superintendent, I appreciate the strength of conviction that our board members exhibit on a daily basis,” Superintendent Karl Springer said after Monday’s meeting.

School board members voted in May to terminate Quigley on the grounds that he repeatedly neglected his duties and didn’t follow school policies, such as posting of zeros in his grade book and sending mass e-mails.