The school board fired William “Bud” Martin, even after an arbitrator found the allegations against him and then-assistant superintendent Darrell Hykes didn’t rise to the level of sexual harassment. When Martin and Hykes contested the terminations, Huron County Common Pleas Court visiting Judge Roger Binette ruled in favor of the board.
The pair then appealed again to the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals, which on Friday issued its 22-page opinion. Of significant note: District principals had agreed they would not leave each other alone with Martin.
“This is clearly evidence of the environment created by appellant’s conduct,” the appeals court stated. The court previously issued a separate opinion affirming Hykes’ firing.