TECUMSEH, MI – Tecumseh Public Faculties has punished Athletic Director Jon Zajac for organizing a basketball follow throughout a time that the state had suspended all faculty sports activities actions.
The punishment comes after an impartial investigation within the district. The district declined to offer particulars on Zajac’s punishment past inserting him on paid non-disciplinary leave from Nov. 30 till he was reinstated on Dec. 23.
MLive/The Ann Arbor Information has submitted a Freedom of Data Act request for the investigation report and different communications associated to this incident.
A non-criminal grievance was filed with TPS towards Zajac on Nov. 28. The grievance stemmed from Zajac organizing a basketball follow together with his son and another Tecumseh Excessive College college students at an open health club at an area church on Nov. 25.
Those self same college students participated in a event in Toledo, Ohio, on Nov. 28. The impartial investigation, which concluded on Dec. 23, discovered Zajac violated the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers order issued on Nov. 15.
The state order suspended all faculty sports activities actions and stated coach-player contact and actions for all sports activities was solely allowed in digital communication.
“We’re dissatisfied with the poor judgment proven by our athletic director, Mr. Zajac,” Superintendent Rick Hilderly stated in an announcement. “His actions violated a authorities order and probably endangered the security of TPS college students. We have now taken motion to handle the difficulty and we’ll count on higher from Jon shifting ahead.”
Zajac apologized for his position in organizing the unauthorized follow.
“I take full accountability for my actions,” Zajac stated in an announcement. “I broke a MDHHS restriction of organizing a sport open health club and by taking my son and some of his associates to Toledo to play in a basketball event over the Thanksgiving break. This was not achieved with sick intent or maliciously. I ought to have checked with Mr. Hilderley previous to collaborating within the event. I apologize for my actions and involvement on this.”
On the recommendation of authorized counsel, the district sought a third-party agency Recon Administration Group, LLC to analyze the claims. Hilderley adopted faculty board coverage associated to administrator self-discipline in his determination to droop Zajac.
The findings from the investigation are being despatched to the MDHHS and the Michigan Excessive College Athletic Affiliation.