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Former WHS coach to meet in closed session with board

Former Woodbury girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire, shown here in a game from the 2012-13 season, requested to meet with the District 833 School Board to respond to his contract non-renewal.

Former Woodbury girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire requested to meet with the District 833 School Board to respond to his contract non-renewal.

The board is scheduled to meet in closed session following its regular meeting Thursday to hear from McGuire.

McGuire coached the Royals girls basketball team for 1 1/2 seasons. He was placed on a leave of absence mid-season in January after allegations were made against him. The district took no disciplinary action, but McGuire remained on the leave of absence through the remainder of the basketball season.

Then, in March, the School Board voted to not renew McGuire's coaching contract. Coaching changes occur regularly across District 833 sports, but a formal contract non-renewal is unusual.

Under state law the district cannot disclose information about allegations against an employee unless they resulted in disciplinary action.

State law gives coaches the option of responding to reasons for a contract renewal, but it does not require a school board to act as a result of the coach’s response. Mick Waldspurger, the attorney for School District 833, said he does not expect any board action after McGuire’s hearing.

“It’s really meant just for the coach to say, ‘I wanted to personally tell you my side of the story,’” Waldspurger said of the law.

McGuire, a Cottage Grove resident, is a teacher at Armstrong Elementary School. The coaching leave did not affect his teaching status.

The School Board’s agenda does not identify McGuire. The Bulletin requested the name ahead of the meeting.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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