Job Offers Rescinded

July 31, 2017

In June, Nampa (Idaho) High School hired Evan Curry and James Daye to coach girls' soccer and boys' basketball, respectively, at the school. Last week, it rescinded both offers.

According to the Idaho Statesman, the school learned that Daye was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student while coaching in South Carolina. Curry had been accused of two ethics violations in the past, one of which was punished with a reprimand, and the other was dismissed.

“It’s like murderers have probably had less scrutiny than I have over an unproven allegation,” Daye said.

Paula Kellerer, superintendent for Nampa School District, said that she could not discuss the cases.

“We must respectfully decline responding to the other questions regarding Mr. Daye’s circumstance,” Kellerer wrote in an email to the Idaho Statesman. “There are a number of reasons why we cannot discuss this matter. However, suffice it to say that the issues involve confidential personnel matters, as well as district personnel decisions of a sensitive nature.”

Gregg Russell, Nampa's deputy superintendent, emailed Rachelle Armstrong, Nampa's director of human resources, asking if the district needed to change its policies and be more vigilant when looking into job applicants' backgrounds.

“I’m wondering if we need to reassess how we do reference checks, etc.,” Russell wrote. “Not sure if this could have been avoided, but things like this are good to just make sure our procedures are working to avoid situations like this in the future.”

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