Parents of Teaneck High School rowers plan to file complaints with state education officials, alleging the school board acted improperly in firing the school’s rowing coach, The Record reported.
Teaneck’s Board of Education voted to dismiss Clemens Reinke earlier this month over alleged safety and liability concerns. Reinke’s supporters have said they believe the coach was fired because he couldn’t attend Sunday races while also serving as a lutheran pastor in Teaneck.
Supporters claimed Reinke was not progressively disciplined for the alleged safety incidents, according to the newspaper’s report. Parents also alleged a conflict of interest in the board’s unanimous decision to cut the coach.
Reinke was also let go as a private coach by the Overpeck Community Rowing Association and banned using the group's boats, where school board member Margot Fisher’s husband Mark Fisher is president, according to the report. Teaneck High School teams rent equipment from the private group.
Mark Fisher told The Record he and his wife did not benefit from the volunteer position and saw no conflict. The school board’s attorney also found no conflict of interest, the report said.