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Report: School District Trying to Fire Athletic Director Ted Dever

Arlington Superintendent Kathleen Bodie has told Dever it’s due to his past job performance, but Dever’s attorney isn’t buying it, according to the Boston.com report.

The Arlington School District is trying to fire Athletic Director Ted Dever, according to a Boston.com report.

Dever, who has been on paid administrative leave since late August because he’s the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, received a dismissal notice from Superintendent Kathleen Bodie on Thursday, Nov. 15, according to the report. Dever and his attorney, Rick Grundy, then met with Bodie and an attorney representing the district last Tuesday, Dec. 4, the report states.

Grundy told Boston.com that Bodie’s claiming Dever’s being let go because of his past job performance, not the criminal investigation. Grundy said that Bodie’s specific complaints of Dever’s performance are untrue.

Dever has not been charged, and still no details have been released about the investigation, now more than three months after reports of it surfaced. Grundy told Boston.com he is even unsure of what Dever’s being investigated for.

In August, Bodie said that Dever “is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office involving allegations of certain criminal conduct.”

She added, “While we cannot comment on the allegations or on the investigation, we are unaware of any allegations of conduct that involves the operation of the Arlington High School athletic programs or of the Arlington Public Schools.”

Prior to being named athletic director in 2007, Dever, of Winchester, was a guidance counselor at the high school. Before that, he was a guidance counselor at Ottoson Middle School.

Read the full Boston.com report.

Zoltan December 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
So Mr. Dever was labeled a criminal and suspended yet the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been unable to develop a prosecutable case for what they described as "certain criminal conduct" several months ago. Somehow I sense that the Town of Arlington will be defending itself in yet another very expensive lawsuit.
Tim December 12, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I Bet You he gets fired... Anyone up for those odds?
Tim December 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
We cheer today The Red and Gray We know our boys will shine Our backs will run around the end And charge right through the line Our team will march on down the field Until the game is won So lend your voice And give a cheer A cheer for Arlington
Joseph December 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
If he puts a D next to his name he will be fine.
joe December 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Under investigation is a police term for 'we don't know'. I believe it was the Principals job about eligibility. I predict two things about this case after reading these stories. No charges will be brought and Mr. Dever will be very wealthy because the school handled this incorrectly and showed no courage.
Bridget Bishop December 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Yes, I agree. Another act first, think later, oops.....
Mary M December 14, 2012 at 07:27 PM
After the way they treated this guy and reading more and more, it seems pretty certain the Administration, the School Committee and Principal Villano are completely at fault. If Mr. Dever becomes a wealthy man, I hope there is a nice letter of apology attached to the check. Followed by letters of resignation from Dr. Bodie, Chairperson Allison-Ampe, Co-Chair Pierce and Principal Villano, were they teach their students the most valuable lesson of all, they were wrong and they are sorry for what they have done which resulted in ruining the reuptation of our Student Athletes.
Shauna December 14, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Hmmmmm...... Coughlin/Bouris....Hey where did our $1.5 go?....... SPED.....Now Dever?...this ride is going fast again, I want to get off...Wonder if the state will help us out with a bailout?
Mary M December 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Oh, And will the interim acting...still run the AHS Superbowl pool or is that off for this year? Emails, emails, emails.
Donald Mei December 16, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Its time for the town to put up or shut up. Either charge him and fire him, or apologize and drop it.

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