Spring Valley Excessive College basketball coach sues principal, BOE | Information

HUNTINGTON – A Spring Valley High School basketball coach is suing the school principal and the Wayne County Board of Education on charges of defamation, privacy invasion, legal abuse and indignation on charges of stealing money from the school.

In a complaint filed on June 14, boys basketball coach Cory Maynard and his wife Amanda Maynard, who teaches at SVHS secondary schools, indicted SVHS director John Hayes and the Board of Education and were investigating them for abuse of School fees for no legitimate reason.

“In the past month, the Defendant Hayes has committed intimidating and harassing conduct against the Maynards, which includes, but is not limited to: a. forcing Mr. Maynard’s performance appraiser to give Mr. Maynard a negative rating; b. told other members of the community that the Maynards misused school funds and stole thousands of dollars; and C. his unnecessary surveillance of Ms. Maynard during the school day and intrusion into her private conversations with other teachers, ”the complaint reads.

That investigation involved the Maynards breaching their privacy by viewing their personal financial records and later spreading false information to the community, which negatively affected their reputation, the complaint said.

The Maynards were hit hard enough by allegations that Cory Maynard was approved under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) for vacation until November 2021, the complaint states, and although Amanda Maynard did not request an FMLA leave “She” He too has experienced considerable stress and is making every effort to avoid the defendant Hayes. “

The Maynards learned from fellow parishioners that some people believe they stole $ 20,000 after learning about Hayes and the BOE’s allegations.

The complaint states that after Hayes was appointed director of SVHS early in the 2020/21 school year, he launched a “campaign” to discredit Cory Maynard.

Cory Maynard claims that in March 2021, while training with the boys’ basketball team, Hayes entered the SVHS gym and “started a tirade against Mr. Maynard, abusing him with profanity and threatening to investigate Mr. Maynard.”

Hayes reportedly began investigating Cory Maynard’s involvement in a defunct basketball camp, accusing him of spending school money on the community basketball camp. The Maynards also later stated that they wondered why Hayes was so interested in the camp since he had only recently become director.

The complaint alleged that Cory Maynard was in charge of Timberwolf Basketball Camp, a junior basketball camp for children from Wayne County. It was not affiliated with SVHS and was paid for with the Maynards’ personal funds, funds from students who enrolled for the camp, and sponsorships, the complaint said.

Although the camp was named Timberwolf, similar to the SVHS mascot, Cory Maynard states that it was named before its takeover.

It is also said that at no time while running the camp or in the years after he left the camp was Cory Maynard accused of mishandling funds around 2018 until Hayes was appointed director.

Hayes reportedly began contacting people about her financial arrangements with Cory Maynard regarding the basketball camp without Cory Maynard’s permission to discuss his financial information.

Cory Maynard was asked to appear before BOE members in May to discuss financial issues related to the camp. About a week later, Maynard was told that no actionable misconduct had been found in the situation, but he and his wife were being investigated for abuse of school fees in connection with the SVHS basketball team.

“Although no wrongdoing has been found, the WCBOE has now announced through its attorney that the WCBOE is investigating the Maynards’ participation in top-up funds for the purchase of school uniforms,” ​​says the complaint.

The complaint alleges that the Maynards have raised funds for the school’s basketball teams through independent fundraisers over the years, but the school does not raise funds.

When Hayes began accusing Cory Maynard of misusing school fees, Amanda Maynard was in the process of paying a salesman for fundraiser items. The complaint indicates an error in the seller’s invoice that led to payment delays.

Hayes has taken control of the financing and transactions, it says in the complaint.

“Although neither Spring Valley High School nor the Defendant Hayes were involved in the running of the independent fundraisers, let alone in dealing with the uniform seller, the Defendant Hayes wrested control of the funds raised by selling Ms. Maynard’s clothing , and unilaterally decided that he would now handle the transactions associated with it. “

The complaint also states that the BOE grants the employees of the supervisory authorities the authority to conduct invalid investigations. The board should have known that there was no reasonable basis for the investigation and it failed to ensure confidentiality during the investigation, it said.

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