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. 

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ridiculousness

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ridiculousness

and telling people not to vote doesn't help. don't you people see that all that does is hurt the kids. no i don't agree with everything the board does but we have lost some good teachers already. if you say you care about the community of perkins and you care about the kids then VOTE YES and become more involved instead of sitting back and complaining.

VOTENO

VOTE NO IN AUGUST!

ok haters

The ridiculousness of the statements, meanderings, and just plain ignorant comments being made about track coach/teacher Tracey Hiss are just unfounded and maligning in their context and overwhelming biased by a few who are going out of their way to make it sound as if many are against when it is only a mean spirited few, as a community you should rally around this fantastic person who you are LUCKY enough to have mentor your children, both in their educational endeavors and in extracurricular activities, shame on you few. It sounds as though there is a family confliction that one person has designed more than one account. My suggestion is to keep your family matters private.

ridiculousness

im not related in anyway but this has directly affecte one of my family memebers so i think i may know a few more details then most

caddylackity

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caddylackity

A few? Read through the 90 something comments and youll find way more than a few.

eriemom

~90 comments, many comments made by 3 people. Yes, a few.

Steph Demore

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FullGlory

As a Health teacher she always spoke of eating a lot something that had zero calories. Hopefully she will be reinstated so we can get that figured out.

Tru Grit

Steph demore, hating on your own blood that takes guts. Still wouldn't come on this site making you Tracy and anyone else with "demore" as a last name look like a attention seeking moron who slanders their own kind. Say what you want but you should feel like a real idiot. Now days your blood line is just about the only thing you got.

If allegations are true fire her get some criminal charges filed and be done with it.

On a lighter note the Perkins boys won the SBC title again for 30th time in 36 years making it run from 2006-2013. Nice job boys the season has only started now. That burrows is a class act.

caddylackity

Truth hurts doesnt it, not related but know of the family through my children.

ok haters

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caddylackity

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stayfit

Tracey is a warm, charismatic person who has dedicated her time to molding young men and women into adults. In middle school, she was my health teacher and always encouraged myself and others. Regardless of the outcome of this predicament, she has been a positive influence my life to this day and in the lives of many. I will stay mum on the predicament, as only those directly involved know the circumstances. However, in regards to her ability to lead, motivate, and educate - Perkins Local Schools have been blessed to have this remarkable individual. Whatever comes from the investigation, guilty or innocent, at worst she is a good person that made a poor choice. Prior to this I have only the best to say about Tracey Hiss.

stayfit

If there is anything that will tarnish the remarkable reputation of Tracey, let the reporters do their job and provide the facts to you. Jumping to conclusions and developing correlations with the little information that is known at this time is something that adults should be above.
The facts I do know: A Hall of Fame coach, a devoted teacher, and an individual that went the extra mile for her community for 25 years.

ridiculousness

it wouldn't be ugly if she would just admitt her fault and stop lying about the girls she affected

caddylackity

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Steph Demore

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Steph Demore

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lifetimeresident

Well said stayfit
The steph Demore that has been slandering her on this site is a niece? Nice! Who's kid are you. The DeMores were always a close nit family. And dont who dare every bring up Mrs. DeMore passing and the family then parted ways. Thats ..... That woman and her Husband did more charitable invents with Fish Fries for the school system then anybody ever will. You should be ashamed or yourself. If Gypsie was still alive he would .....you. If she did wrong with Meds, then let the board decide her fair fate. Dont slander a good coach for personal reasons. Shame on you steph.

caddylackity

WERE always a close nit family, exactly stayfit! Diane passing brought out the worse in mr demore and his kids, she was the glue and heart of that family she would be devastated to see who her husband and kids are now. She was a friend of mine and I miss her dearly. Shame on you stayfit for defending this monster.

Steph Demore

Caddylackity....thank you for standing up for the truth.

stayfit

"Shame on me..." - Caddylackity, you are assuming that Coach Hiss is guilty. Details have not yet emerged. I am a responsible person that will allow the investigation to take place. What Coach Hiss has done for others in the time I have known her has been great. There are two sides to every story.

caddylackity

Yes the truth and the false statements you make.

VOTENO

Vote NO in August and every levy after that!

deertracker

I graduated from PHS years ago and student/teacher sexual relationships did occur back then. I am talking about the 70's and most people knew about it. It was also usually involving some type of sport.

Ithink

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AEversole

I cant imagine that she would put any child in harms way intentionally. I am giving her the benifit of the doubt, and for any athletic coach to give a underage athlete a prescription pain killer ( narcotic) he or she should be fired and charged.

bushwacker

wow. she's hott! is she married?

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