After an executive session last Thursday (April 12), the Newcomerstown Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of sixth grade math teacher Scott Thomas.

Thomas was on suspension from teaching without pay from the board's actions Feb. 22.

The approved resolution reads, "The District's Superintendent has recommended that this board now supplement its Feb. 22, 2012, grounds for considering the termination of Mr. Thomas's contracts on the basis of newly discovered evidence of wrongdoing and/or new misconduct that occurred subsequent to Feb. 22, 2012."

The following grounds for termination were provided:

On or about Sept. 13, 2011, Mr. Thomas awarded and entered a Progress Book score of 35/50 (70 percent) on the sixth grade Math Power Quiz 1 of a student whose identity has previously been made known to Mr. Thomas even though Mr. Thomas did not grade such Power Quiz before awarding this student the 70 percent score; and/or

On or about Oct. 18, 2011, Mr. Thomas awarded and entered a Progress Book score of 39/50 (78 percent) on the sixth grade Math Power Quiz 4 of a student whose identity has previously been made known to Mr. Thomas even though Mr. Thomas did not grade such Power Quiz before awarding this student the 78 percent score; and/or

On or about Jan. 6, 2012, Mr. Thomas awarded and entered a Progress Book score of 80/100 (80 percent) on the sixth grade math Test 4 of a student whose identity has previously been made known to Mr. Thomas even though Mr. Thomas did not grade such Power Quiz before awarding this student the 80 percent score; and/or

On or about March 14, 2012, at approximately 2:30 p.m., while driving in a vehicle along Woody Hayes Drive toward Newcomerstown High School from River Street, Mr. Thomas slowly passed by this Board's Central Office and made an obscene gesture (a raised middle finger) directed at the District Superintendent.

The resolution states, "The Board believes a professional educator is a role model for students and can properly be held to a standard of behavior consistent with an educator's capacity as a role model ... the Board believes that Mr. Thomas's conduct, as alleged ..., is contrary to his obligations as a professional educator and role model for students."

The board voted to proceed with formal action to terminate Mr. Thomas's contract at is meeting May 14, unless Mr. Thomas files with the District Treasurer a demand for a hearing before the board or a "referee," in which case the proceeds, will be observed.