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Board still investigating allegations about CEC hockey coach

The Cloquet School Board met in closed session for two and a half hours at its Monday night meeting, but has not made a final determination on the coaching status of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach Dave Esse.

The Cloquet School Board met in closed session for two and a half hours at its Monday night meeting, but has not made a final determination on the coaching status of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach Dave Esse.

Esse, who recently completed his 14th season as head coach of the program, is the subject of a formal evaluation in light of a complaint made to the board by parents of current and former CEC hockey

players.

Esse and CHS Activities Director Tom Lenarz took part in the closed meeting. The six board members chose to continue their evaluation and will likely revisit the issue at its April 8 meeting.

The attorney retained by the complainants issued a statement March 1 calling on board members with a personal relationship with Esse or his staff to recuse themselves from the evaluation, but all six board members took part.

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The complaint seeks the dismissal of the entire hockey coaching staff for alleged violations of the Minnesota State High School League's Coaches Code of Ethics and Conduct. Esse has denied the allegations and has retained an attorney.

In other board news, Superintendent Ken Scarbrough told the board that he will submit a proposed 2013-14 school calendar at the March 25 meeting which will restore some of the 10 student contact days lost to budget considerations in the current year's calendar.

"We were hearing that having so many four-day weeks was interfering with curriculum," Scarbrough said. "The new calendar will re-add up to five days of student contact for the next year."

To preserve budgetary savings, however, Scarbrough plans to ask the board for permission to dismiss students about an hour early on most Fridays, allowing teacher professional development time while preserving most of the budgetary savings made by lowering the number of contact days in the current calendar.

Scarbrough said he is waiting for Cloquet Transit Company to provide estimates on transportation costs for the proposed calendar before submitting a full proposal to the board.

Also, the board met in an earlier closed session to expel a student.

A student named "Student 031113" by Scarbrough was expelled for a period of one year for making threats at Garfield School.

The student expulsion is the third made by the board during the current year.

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