Moon School board takes action

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In a private meeting yesterday morning, Moon's school board decided to remove Jamie Morton from his position as aquatic director but to retain him as a middle school social studies teacher and as the varsity swim coach.

Mr. Morton, 41, had been faulted by the State Ethics Commission for using his position as aquatics director to enrich himself in private businesses. He has taught in the district since 1996.

There was "shouting and arguing" during yesterday's meeting, said board member Benjamin Bonham.

"I'm very disappointed that the administration and the board lacked leadership to deal with a very obvious problem," he said, adding that he believed that Mr. Morton deserved a harsher punishment. "This is a terrible example to set for our children. Ethics obviously don't matter."

Board chairman Mark Scappe referred all comment to the board's solicitor, Jack Cambest, who did not return a message left at his office yesterday.

Board member Mark Limbruner also declined to comment on the specifics of the meeting.

A motion to change Mr. Morton's status as aquatic director will be made at a board meeting on Nov. 24, said Mr. Bonham.


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