Settlement With Fired Storey Teacher Rejected

The Storey County School Board has rejected a proposed settlement offered by attorneys for fired Virginia City High School teacher William Beeson.

The board turned down the offer on a 3-2 vote. The matter now will be handled in a grievance procedure the settlement would have avoided.

The theater and English teacher was placed on administrative leave in May and fired in August over allegations that he improperly touched a student.

No criminal charges were filed, and the district attorney said he didn't believe a crime was committed. The board reviewed a private investigator's report and a video of the alleged incident.

Under the proposal, Beeson would have been allowed to resign rather than be fired, and the board would have bought out the remaining time on his contract.

In return, Beeson would have waived appeals, given up his teaching credentials and agreed not to seek or accept a similar position anywhere in the United States.

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