Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley-Ocheyedan Community Schools Board of Education met in special session Thursday night for the sole purpose of considering the termination of the employment contracts of one of the District’s teacher/coaches.
Sibley-Ocheyedan Superintendent Bill Boer confirmed to KIWA that Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School Social Studies Teacher and Generals Football Coach Kyle Ewinger was terminated on a 4 to 1 vote of the Board at last night’s meeting. Boer confirmed that on the morning of Saturday, October 3rd, Boer discovered Ewinger asleep in his classroom with a Sibley-Ocheyedan student.
At Thursday’s meeting, Ewinger reportedly told the Board that, after coaching a football game in Orange City the night before, he and the child, whom Ewinger says his family has taken in, got back to the Sibley-Ocheyedan School very late in the evening. Ewinger went on to say that, by the time he completed his normal post-game duties, it was nearly 3 am. He said that, after failing to reach the child’s grandmother he decided to take the child home with him, but was unable to awaken his wife when he got home. Ewinger reportedly told the Board that, as a last resort, he returned to the school, with the child, and the two of them slept there for a few hours.
Boer confirmed that he had recommended Ewinger be terminated, because the teacher’s actions violated Sibley-Ocheyedan School District policy.
The Board ended up voting 4 to 1 to terminate Ewinger’s teaching and coaching contracts.