Superintendent issues statement on WFISD employee investigation

Superintendent issues statement on WFISD employee investigation

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The June 13th on-field outburst between Wichita Falls Independent School District employees is not costing anyone involved their jobs.

In a statement released by Michael Kuhrt, the WFISD superintendent, he goes over the details from the situation involving Scot Hafley, the district's athletic director, yelling profanity at former Rider football coach Eric Ward in front of hundreds of parents and children.
Superintendent Kuhrt said this unfortunate circumstance has brought up some much needed changes.

Superintendent Kuhrt said the new artificial turf and track are still being installed, and the district employees, students and summer organization were using the field without permission that day.
He said this led to an inappropriate verbal exchange between Hafley and Coach Ward.
Superintendent Kuhrt said some necessary changes have now been brought to light.
Like the need for fencing and signage about the field use and the guidelines for non-WFISD groups to use district property.
Kurht said he takes full responsibility and is in the process of fixing these issues.
He adds Hafley was unprofessional and excessive in his communication with Coach Ward, and Marc Bindel, the Rider Head Football Coach, did not have approval to use the field or to give Coach Ward permission to use it.  
Superintendent Kuhrt said appropriate disciplinary action has been taken for both of these WFISD employees.
Throughout the district's investigation many parents have voiced their opinions about the incident.
One mother who witnessed the incident said, "they need to be fired because they are who our children are supposed to look up to the other leaders for our kids to follow."
Another dad agreed and said, "for him to say something like that is very disrespectful, and I don't think he needs to be the director anymore. His time is up."
Others have shown a lot of support for Coach Bindle.
Hafley also issued a statement today. In it he said he is sorry for his actions and apologizes to the staff, parents and most importantly to the students.
He said he did apologize to Coach Ward and would like to do it publicly as well.
Hafley said he will make an effort to regain the trust of the WFISD community and appreciates the district for allowing him to remain a part of WFISD.
Coach Marc Bindle also addressed the community in a statement thanking many for their support.
Bindle said he takes full responsibility for what happened at the new turf fields, and he reassured he did apologize to Coach Ward and regrets ever giving him permission to use the field.
Bindle said he is moving forward and is sorry for the negative reflection this had on Rider High School.

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