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Fox River School Refuses to Surrender Transcripts Prior to Hearing

10/17/2007
K. West

Fox River Grove, IL: School District 3 officials have denied Dave Warwak's appeal for transcripts.

Recently fired for telling his students to keep veganism a secret, Warwak claims to have never said the word secret. "I said the exact opposite. The last thing I want is for veganism to be a secret”.

Warwak is asking for time to review transcripts so he may prepare his defense. At particular issue with Warwak are records from the Sept. 24 closed-door meeting in which he was terminated.

District attorney, Robert Riley feels surrendering transcripts from past meetings is an issue for the hearing officer to address on the day of the hearing.

School officials and Warwak did manage to get together on one item of contention. Through a process of elimination, they agreed to allow Edward L. Suntrup PhD to hear the controversial case. Suntrup, known for his unwavering neutrality, was selected from a list of five potential hearing officers provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.

A tenured teacher of 10 years, Warwak has been at odds with his school over their lunch program since April.

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 19th.

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