Wednesday, November 28, 2012
According to a statement released by the Eldon RII School Board last week, head boys basketball coach Jimmy Lincoln has been reinstated effective immediately. This negates the five-game suspension he received as a result of a termination hearing on July 31 of this year.
Lincoln requested the July hearing in response to the board’s decision to seek termination after allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct were brought forth after the team attended a summer camp in June.
Attorneys for the school district and Mr. Lincoln presented their cases, and the school board issued a notice of a five-game suspension to be served at the beginning of this basketball season. That decision was a revision of the board’s original recommendation for a two-game benching just two days earlier.
Lincoln’s attorney, Mike McDorman informed the board that he and his client would seek further mediation through the Miller County court system based on what he called a violation of the state’s sunshine laws. That claim was in addition to Lincoln’s stand that the allegations were false and therefore did not warrant any disciplinary action.
The statement released by the school is as follows:
“After weeks of consideration and review, the Eldon Board of Education has voted to resolve a disciplinary matter involving basketball coach James Lincoln through a negotiated settlement.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Lincoln will not be suspended from participation in any basketball games. For his part, Mr. Lincoln has agreed that no litigation will be forthcoming regarding the disciplinary actions taken against him.
“Mr. Lincoln has agreed to oﬀer his resignation from the Eldon school district at the end of the 2013-2014 basketball season. The ﬁscal well being of the Eldon school district is the board’s primary responsibility. While the board is conﬁdent that the school’s legal position is solid, they have chosen to avoid the expense of needless litigation. The board’s highest priority is to spend tax dollars wisely and on the advancement of education in the Eldon district,” the statement said.
“The settlement is intended to resolve this matter in a way that does not take money away from student needs. In addition, the settlement allows the Mustang basketball team to move into the season with a clean slate and an expectation of success. These student athletes have worked hard and deserve the support of the board and the community. The board considers the matter closed and looks forward to a successful basketball season and school year,” according to the statement.
Lincoln has reportedly signed an amended two-year contract as well as the code of conduct that all coaches are now required to sign. He accepted a letter of reprimand addressing the earlier allegations and has tendered a letter of resignation effective at the end of the 2013-14 basketball season.
The Board voted to accept the settlement agreement by a vote of 4-3, with Chris Hart, Dennis Schad, Jill Kliethermes and Duane Kliethermes voting to accept and Jerome Atteberry, Mike Kriegshauser and Robbin Griﬃth voting against.
Lincoln was courtside for the home season opener against Linn on Monday, Nov. 19. The Mustangs won the match 41-30.