COLUMBIANA COUNTY Former Salem teacher files lawsuit against school board

SALEM -- A former Salem high school teacher is asking Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to order the district to rehire him.
DouglassMoffett, 31, of 1510 N. Ellsworth Ave., filed a lawsuit Wednesday, naming the school board as defendant.
Moffett, who formerly taught machine trades, claims in the lawsuit that the school board's manner of nonrenewing his contract in April violated state law. He began teaching in 1999, school officials said.
The school board failed to provide Moffett an adequate hearing, the lawsuit contends.
The panel also failed to provide criteria for his expected job performance and specific recommendations of improvements it felt he needed to make, the lawsuit claims.
"We believe we did everything we were required to do procedurally," Superintendent Dr. David Brobeck said today.
Brobeck did not elaborate on why Moffett's teaching contract was not renewed.
During a school board meeting in April, Moffett stated that his ability to teach and his closeness to his students have been criticized.
Moffett argued at the time that he is progressing as a teacher and that his closeness to students is proper.

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