In a special meeting held Monday night, the Vilonia Board of Education met to hire a few employees and terminate one.
The majority of the meeting, which lasted just over an hour, was held in executive session. Reconvening, there was no discussion — just an announcement that the 2012-13 contract with Mike Rush has been terminated.
Rush, 55, was employed as a credit recovery teacher at Vilonia High School. He was arrested on June 12 for allegedly using an iPod to record images from underneath women’s skirts at a Conway Walmart store. He was released the same day on a $595 bond. Harassment is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and one year in a county jail.
Messages left for Vilonia superintendent Dr. Frank Mitchell were not returned on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said last month that any evidence retrieved from Rush’s phone, iPod or any other electronic equipment could bring additional charges.
In an earlier statement, Mitchell said Rush had been sent a letter more than 30 days ago regarding his employment with the district and that he had not requested a hearing. The letter, Mitchell said, addressed his being charged with "inappropriate conduct in public."
"It was necessary to follow the due process of the law," Mitchell said. "A part of that is when termination is recommended, the employee must be given 30 days to request a hearing by the school board."
In other business:
• Brenda Jefferson was hired as the credit recovery teacher, replacing Rush, based on meeting all certifications.
• Matt Baxter was hired to join the technology department in a technician position.
• Erin Rappold was hired as a teacher in the high school’s East Lab, based on her being released from another teaching contract.
• Approved contracting with Simon Contracting Services for two awnings to be installed including one at the primary school for a cost of $6,476 and at the daycare building for a cost of $7,750.