Teacher, track coach suspended

Gunner says allegations are being investigated; Perkins police mum.
Alissa Widman Neese
May 18, 2013

Perkins Schools officials suspended an athletic coach this week while police investigate allegations she provided prescription medication to students.

Tracey Hiss, varsity girls track coach for 25 years, received a written notice of the investigation Tuesday from district superintendent Jim Gunner. The Register obtained a copy of the letter through a public records request. 

Hiss is also a health teacher at Briar Middle School for sixth-graders and junior high students.

“I am relieving you of your duties as a teacher and a coach, with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that you have engaged in conduct unbecoming of a teacher in the Perkins Local School District by providing students with prescription medication without any authorization to do so,” Gunner stated in the letter.

Click here to read letter.

Hiss is prohibited from district property and should not discuss the matter with any students or employees, the letter stated. A substitute teacher is filling in for her at Briar Middle School.

Amy Didion, teacher and middle school boys track coach, is currently coaching the varsity girls track team, athletic director Mike Strohl said. 

When contacted Friday, Gunner said he couldn’t provide any details other than what he included in the Tuesday letter. Perkins police are currently investigating the allegations, and until the investigation is complete, Hiss is presumed innocent, he said.

Hiss did not return a phone message seeking comment.

The Register has submitted a public records request for the coach’s personnel file, as well as a request for any document detailing recent administrative actions involving her. School officials said Thursday they could not provide the personnel file until early next week.

A similar incident occurred at Perkins Schools in October, when school officials suspended wrestling coach and physical education teacher Travis Crabtree for providing a wrestler with a prescription painkiller. Strohl suspended Crabtree for three matches but did not take the incident to the superintendent or school board members.

Gunner explained at the time that it was Strohl’s responsibility, but Crabtree could appeal the matter to Gunner. The coach opted not to do so.

Late Thursday, district treasurer Lisa Crescimano emailed a news release stating board members will meet in a closed-door session at 7 a.m. Saturday to discuss employment of personnel. The meeting is at the district’s administrative service center, 3714 Campbell St.

Perkins police did not return phone messages seeking comment. 

Comments

grandmasgirl

This is really off topic, but it just popped into my mind. No you can't give prescription drugs to kids, but they can buy the morning after pill without a parent's permission.

Nemesis

But that's a SEX drug. That's different. Nothing can stand in the way of that.

DGMutley

grandmasgirl, I didn't think that you could even give out aspirin.

Slacker

Be very careful throwing your support behind her on this one. Her teaching and coaching days are over.

deertracker

I know Traci. She is a really nice person. I can't speak to the allegations against her but I don't believe she would do anything with malicious intent. Her record speaks for itself.

observer

Good person. Good coach. Has been for 25 years! Lots of ????? about this whole thing.

Slacker

Wrong, wrong, and wrong. No questions at all. She will be fired and will never teach or coach again.

fifteenthgreen

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DickTracey

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WhyRweHere

Is there a more dysfunctional organization than the Perkins School system right now??? What a joke!!

The New World Czar

This why there are school nurses and athletic trainers...to help prevent incidents like this from occurring.

ladydye_5

Athletic trainers have NO authority to give prescriptions either. They are NOT doctors. I personally have seen a few "trainers" that seem to be no smarter than myself, a stay at home mom.

fifteenthgreen

Too much information for you to digest, SR? Wouldn't want the truth!

Matt Easterhold

Let's add all this up now, in the last few years Perkins Schools have had a teacher strike, teacher falling asleep on the job, a teacher having a relationship with a student, and now 2 coach/teachers have given prescription medicine to students.

I plan on VOTING NO again in August, and I will continue to vote no until Gunner is gone and all school board is replaced. This system is a joke.

Steph Demore

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deertracker

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who knew? I didn't!!

harshreality

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VOTENO

Man! Where were teachers like this when I was in school!

Hoss McGee

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Katelih-Trailer...

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reporter54

They do not pay teachers or coaches enough money to be subjected to so much scrutiny and negativity. Being under a microscope and thought to be a bacteria to be eradicated. One day there will be no people left to teach because of this.

Unassumer

add to that the fact that they have to be armed and trained to fend off shooters. protect my baby but don't give her an aspirin or you're fired!

Steph Demore

little disturbing to use such an awful attack on children as an excuse for teachers to abuse their positions of authority.

harshreality

Do you really want just anyone deeming what perscription medications are appropriate for your child? Let us not forget that it is against the law to pass out perscription medications. Was it a perscription grade motrin? If that is ok, why not vicodin, oxicodone, adderall? Where is the line to be drawn?

sandusky2012

wow what a hottie teacher

Steph Demore

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Steph Demore

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Steph Demore

Thank God for unions.

lifetimeresident

Very nice and dedicated young lady. 25 years of coaching. That takes alot of dedication. Dont know the facts about the meds. If she made a mistake as people do I hope it is dealt with fairly. Remember, 25 years. I hope loyality means something to this district. I do not believe for one minute this lady would purposely with intent try to harm any of her team with any dangerous meds. Best of luck to this young lady.

Steph Demore

25 years of abusing her authority.

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